‘I shouldn’t have said that’ – Ronaldo regrets Real Madrid exit hint

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he may have spoken out of turn in suggesting that his Real Madrid days were numbered after the Champions League final. 

Having starred for Madrid throughout the competition, this year’s top scorer drew a blank against Liverpool in Kiev. 

Substitute Gareth Bale stepped up to seal a third straight title as the Blancos prevailed 3-1, with Karim Benzema also getting his name on the scoresheet. 

Ronaldo, however, stole the headlines when he referred to his sparkling Madrid career in the past tense to reporters.

That statement caused an instant reaction, with both Madrid president Florentino Perez and coach Zinedine Zidane speaking out to deny his exit.

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And while he later claimed he was taken out of context, the Portugal striker seemed to regret the storm his comments had caused. 

“It takes away from a beautiful, historic moment for us that is winning three Champions Leagues in a row, obviously it is a special moment,” he told Fox Sports.

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“It’s always great to win the Champions League because I know how important that competition is, I have had a great Champions League from start to finish so I’m very happy.

“A player’s personal things aren’t the most important thing now, it might have been taken out of context but maybe I shouldn’t have said what I said.”

Ronaldo finished the 2017-18 Champions League with 15 goals in 13 starts, and now boasts no less than five winner’s medals in the competition with Manchester United and Madrid.


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Manchester United are planning a shock raid on arch-rivals Manchester City which will see Joe Hart become their new back-up goalkeeper, reports The Sun .

The England international, who has been overlooked for World Cup duty this summer, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham.

Questions have been asked of his form during those spells, but Jose Mourinho fears losing Sergio Romero this summer and sees Hart as an ideal experienced option to provide cover for David de Gea.

Mourinho sees Fred path clear

Jose Mourinho has seen the path cleared for Manchester United to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, with the Daily Star claiming that Manchester City have pulled out of the race.

The Red Devils are now ready to push through a £53 million ($71m) for the Brazilian, who has been a long-standing target for those at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo hints at Real exit

Cristiano Ronaldo has declared “it was very nice to be at Real Madrid” following his club’s third straight Champions League title, promising to explain more on the potential transfer bombshell in the coming days.

The Portuguese superstar has been linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United in recent times, while a move to China has also been mooted.

Check out the full story on Goal!

Bale to discuss Madrid future

Gareth Bale hinted a summer move away from Real Madrid could be on the cards after stepping off the bench to make a record-breaking contribution to an historic Champions League victory over Liverpool.

The Wales international is reported to be registering on the transfer radar at Manchester United and Bayern Munich after enduring form and fitness issues in Spain over recent years.

Read the full story on Bale’s future here!

Martial discussing new deal

Manchester United have opened contract extension talks with Anthony Martial, according to The Sun .

The France international has been linked with a move elsewhere this summer, but the Red Devils are reluctant to let him leave and are hoping to prolong an agreement which already includes an option through to 2020.

Emery eyeing Dortmund defender

Arsenal are readying an approach for Borussia Dortmund centre-half Sokratis Papastathopoulos, claims the Daily Mail .

Unai Emery is eager to bolster the defensive options he inherited from Arsene Wenger and considers the Greece international to be an ideal addition at around £15 million ($20m).

Arsenal turn attention to Rico

Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico is now Arsenal’s favoured option to succeed Petr Cech, reports Spanish outlet Fichajes .

The Gunners were reported to be keen on Bayer Leverkusen star Bernd Leno, but they are now prepared to look elsewhere for a new long-term No. 1.

Messi wants Pjanic purchase

Lionel Messi has called on Barcelona to land Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, according to Don Balon .

With the Catalan giants having lost long-serving captain Andres Iniesta, a proven winner with the Serie A champions is considered to be an ideal alternative in that role.

Gunners open Praet talks

Arsenal have opened discussions regarding a possible deal for Sampdoria star Dennis Praet, reports Gianluca Di Marzio .

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The Belgian midfielder is a top target for Unai Emery and initial talks have been held with the 24-year-old’s agent.

Everton enter Rose chase

Everton look to have edged ahead of Manchester United in the race for Tottenham full-back Danny Rose, claims The Sun .

The Red Devils have long been linked with the England international, but that interest appears to have cooled and the Toffees are ready to steal in.


We do not think about that – Zidane shrugs off Ronaldo exit talk

Zinedine Zidane says talk of Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid will not detract from celebrations over a third consecutive Champions League crown.

Gareth Bale struck twice from the bench as Loris Karius’ errors proved key in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday.

But Ronaldo’s post-match bombshell, the Portugal star indicating he is considering moving on from Madrid , will dominate the headlines.

However Zidane, like Sergio Ramos , shrugged off reports Ronaldo could seek a Santiago Bernabeu exit after helping the La Liga giants to four Champions League crowns in five years.

“We do not think about that,” said the Frenchman.

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“Only about what we are doing. Then we’ll see what happens. ”

Despite, struggles in the La Liga campaign which brought his future into question, Zindane once more led the club to continental glory, achieving some history in the process.

Zidane is the first coach to record three consecutive titles in Europe’s premier competition and he hailed the work of his side over recent years, suggesting their accomplishments may never be repeated. 

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“We have no words. It’s what this team has. Talent and work,” said Zidane. 

“We have hope and desire to do things well. We did it again.

“I’ve told the players to enjoy it because this is not going to be seen again.”


‘It was nice to be at Real Madrid’ – Cristiano Ronaldo drops transfer bombshell after Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo has declared “it was very nice to be at Real Madrid” following his club’s third straight Champions League title, promising to explain more on the potential transfer bombshell in the coming days.

The superstar, 33, nearly had an assist in his team’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool, but Karim Benzema’s goal was called back due to offside.

Benzema would score a fluky opener in the second half while substitute Gareth Bale delivered one of the best goals of the tournament as part of his brace , while Ronaldo was held off the scoreboard.

Despite not finding the net, Ronaldo still finished this year’s Champions League as the tournament’s top scorer , and after a campaign that saw him score 41 goals between the Champions League and La Liga, he showed he had plenty left in the tank.

However, the Portugal international has now set off alarm bells that his future may not be in Madrid, after referring to his time there in the past tense.

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While Ronaldo said he was happy, he refused to clarify his comments further, saying he would speak on the matter in the near future.

“Now we have to enjoy this moment,” Ronaldo told beIN Sports  after the game. “In the next few days I will give an answer to the fans that have always been on my side.

“It was very nice to be at Real Madrid, in the coming days I will talk about it more.”

When asked if he was saying goodbye, Ronaldo answered: “No, no. I’m going to enjoy this moment with my colleagues. In the next few days I will give an answer.

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“We made history, that’s what we were looking for, the future of any player is not important, the important thing is that we made history.”

Ronaldo exit rumours were one of last summer’s big transfer stories, as tax charges in Spain reportedly upset the superstar. However, despite all the talk, Ronaldo elected to remain with the club.

He will feature at the World Cup in Russia this summer in what could be his final international tournament for Portugal, with whom he won the European Championship finals in 2016.


Bale to discuss Real Madrid future after scoring ‘best goal ever’ in Champions League final

Gareth Bale hinted a summer move away from Real Madrid could be on the cards after stepping off the bench to make a record-breaking contribution to an historic Champions League victory over Liverpool.

The Wales international has been heavily linked with a big-money switch elsewhere after seeing form and fitness issues plague another season in the Spanish capital.

He was left on the bench for Madrid’s biggest game of the season in Kiev on Saturday, but entered the fray just after the hour mark to change the course of the tie with a match-winning brace.

Having shown what he is capable of, the 28-year-old conceded afterwards that – amid much talk of interest from the likes of Manchester United and Bayern Munich – he will have to weigh up his options when the transfer window re-opens.

Bale told BT Sport : “I need to be playing week in, week out, it hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I need to sit down in the summer and discuss things with my agent and take things from there.”

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He added on being left out of Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI for the fourth Champions League final of his Madrid career: “Very disappointed not to start the game. I felt like I deserved it. The best I could do is come on and make an impact and that’s what I did.”

Bale needed just 122 seconds to make an impact after replacing Isco, with a stunning overhead kick restoring Madrid’s lead on the night .

He would go on to net his second and the Blancos’ third seven minutes from time to wrap up a hat-trick of continental triumphs for European football’s most successful club.

“We know what we have achieved and we know how good we have been. It’s turned out to be a great season winning the Champions League,” said Bale.

Bale also admitted that his acrobatic goal against Liverpool is the best of his career to date, with that strike helping him to his own piece of history.

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A second effort, which dipped and swerved from distance to slip through the grasp of Loris Karius – who endured a nightmare evening in the Liverpool goal – saw the Welshman become the first player to bag a brace off the bench in a European Cup final.

That would be some way to sign off if he is to leave Madrid this summer, with there sure to be no shortage of takers if Bale is to be made available on the open market.