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SBD Global/January 15, 2013/International Football

Cristiano Ronaldo Speaks To FIFA, Reveals He Will Play Out Contract With Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo says he will stay with Real Madrid through 2015.
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo "has confirmed he will play out his contract" with the club, according to Rubén Rodríguez of EL CONFIDENCIAL. However, the Portuguese would not reveal if he will continue at the Santiago Bernabéu past '15, the year his contract expires. In an interview with FIFA, Ronaldo said, "I want to see out my contract at Real Madrid: I’m very clear about that. After that, well, I don’t know what’ll happen in the future." Ronaldo also spoke about the Real Madrid fans' expectations for the club including a 10th Champions League crown. Ronaldo said, "Every Madridista wants that 10th European Cup -- we’re more than aware of that. Last season we fell just short, which was very frustrating. Fortunately we’ve got the opportunity to set the record straight this year, though the fact we face Manchester United next makes it more difficult. It’s not going to be easy, and I reckon the odds are about 50-50, but I’m still very confident" (EL CONFIDENCIAL, 1/14). MUNDO DEPORTIVO noted Ronaldo also spoke of the criticism faced by head coach José Mourinho. Ronaldo said, "People do protest and you have to respect that, though I think they should be a bit patient with him. To me it’s very clear that Mourinho always wants what’s best for the club and will fight to the death to defend it" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 1/14). Ronaldo's full interview with FIFA (FIFA).
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