Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will remain at the club this transfer window.
The Portuguese superstar shocked the world early in the summer when he declared he wished to leave Los Blancos due to his tax fraud case, but now the boss has put an end to any lingering rumours.
Zidane said to ESPN:
“He’s going to stay with us. And that’s it. He’s on holiday as of today. He’s resting, as he’s deserved it. We wait for him to finish his holiday and join us.
“It’s not about the happiness of the players. Managing this squad, managing these players, it’s my job.
“I’m going to use all my players because we’re going to play 50, 60, 70 matches at times. I’m going to need all of them.
“In the end, I’m not here to make a certain player happy because you can play someone 50 games and then leave him out for one and he’s pissed.
“The idea is something else because managing this squad, you’re utilizing all of the players. In the end last season, everything went well.
“We won and the players had confidence in what I’m trying to do and that is the most important.”
It was reported previously that Ronaldo was impressed with Real’s business in the transfer market, most notably their additions of Dani Ceballos and Theo Hernandez.
Now, after Alvaro Morata’s sale to Chelsea, Los Blancos will almost certainly be in the market for a new attacker to support the Portuguese superstar.