Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said he does not see the club without Cristiano Ronaldo after claims he wants to leave the club.
After winning an impressive five trophies with Madrid this year and the Ballon d’Or title, Ronaldo should be enjoying life in the Spanish capital.
However, league form and a dip in his own personal form has seen an exit look increasingly more likely with reports now claiming he has told Madrid, team-mates and close friends that his time at the Santiago Bernabeu will come to an end in the summer.
Various reports in Spanish press have emerged since the 3-0 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona in December, whilst further claims have followed after a dismal 1-0 home defeat to Villarreal on Saturday afternoon.
It is now being reported that a Ronaldo’s representatives have told Madrid that he wants to leave the club and move back to Manchester.
But, Zidane does not believe the club would be the same without the Portuguese international.
“I am not worried, we know that we can talk and discuss outside, but what Cristiano has to do is think about playing, as he has always done, I want to talk about his performance, what he brings to the team, ” he told reporters in the build-up to this week’s Copa del Rey tie with Leganes.
“I can not imagine a Madrid without Cristiano, it’s his club, where he should be, the club, the fans, everybody loves him, I always say the same about Cristiano, I do not see a Madrid without him.”
Various English sources pick up the rumours, prompting speculation that Madrid could now push forward with moves for linked players, such as Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane PSG duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
Ronaldo has scored just four league goals this season, and a return to former club Man United has long been discussed with Jose Mourinho said to be extremely keen on reuniting with the Portuguese star.