Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ronaldo 'certain' to renew contract, says Ancelotti

The Real Madrid manager is convinced the Portuguese star will commit his future to the club but remained tight-lipped over negotiations for Gareth Bale.
MIAMI -- Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti claims the club is "certain" that Cristiano Ronaldo will sign a new contract this summer.

The 28-year-old Ronaldo, whose current deal expires in 2015, has seen his future shrouded in doubt in recent weeks as speculation of a potential return to Manchester United began to surface.

It emerged on Tuesday that the club is preparing to announce the Portugal sensation's new deal after negotiations to acquire Tottenham star Gareth Bale are complete, and Ancelotti has voiced his own confidence that Ronaldo will stay at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

"I am confident Cristiano will renew," Ancelotti said at a press conference the night prior to Real Madrid's clash with Chelsea in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup. "I think he is comfortable here, and I don't think it will be a problem.

"I don't know about a date, because that is an issue between the player and the club, but one thing is certain: Cristiano will renew his contract."

Ancelotti declined to discuss any potential deal for Bale, however, insisting he did not wish to disrespect opposite number Andre Villas-Boas.

"I would rather not speak about it [Bale's transfer], because it would be disrespectful to Andre Villas-Boas," Ancelotti said. "I do not want to talk about the player. The team is strong, young and I am very happy with the current squad."

The former Chelsea boss will go head-to-head with his old club in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup on Wednesday, and the Italian admits it will be a "special" occasion.

"It will be a special game. It is normal because I spent two years at Chelsea and had a very good relationship with everyone, and that is special," Ancelotti said. "It is a preseason game, but they are a strong opponent so it will be a good test for us."