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Ronaldo happy but unwilling to discuss new Real Madrid contract

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-1-3 9:48:49

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to the press this Wednesday and insisted he was happy at the Spanish club, while at the same time saying he did not want to speak about whether or not he would extend his current contract at the club.

Ronaldo appeared after the club's training session amid an atmosphere of expectation following rumors his former club, Manchester United, are interesting in taking him back to England.

He stressed he was happy with his situation at Real Madrid, despite the fact the club are 16 points behind FC Barcelona and eight behind neighbors, Atletico Madrid in the battle for the Spanish title.

"I feel fine and I am convinced this year will be better than last year. I feel happy and home to give my best," said the Portuguese striker, who nevertheless avoided talk about a new contract.

Ronaldo has a deal until June 2015, but if he sign a new contract with Real Madrid this summer, the possibility that he could leave the club would start to arise as Madrid may have to listen to offers or face the prospect of seeing him leave for free in slightly over two years.

"The question has already been discussed and I won' t speak any more about renewing. It is not the most important thing," said Ronaldo, who was asked about Manchester United, who Madrid will play in the next round of the Champions League.

"I have feelings of friendship and affection. It is the team that has left a mark on my career. The people know me well and I have friends, who have a place in my heart, but I currently defend Real Madrid's colors. I will be a bit sad but I want to win and to score against them," he admitted, before discussing his relationship with Madrid president, Florentino Perez.

"It's complicated when a top team isn' t at its best level. People are tense and the players suffer that as well. Nothing in life is easy, we have to try and change things. It is going to be a year for hopes and we are going to improve," he said.

Ronaldo was also asked if he thought coach Jose Mourinho would remain at the club beyond the current season.

"I don' t know," he answered, "it depends on his situation and that of the club. I would be delighted if he does stay, because he is the right coach. A top coach for a top club: I think he will stay, but everyone chooses their own future," said the striker.
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