Perez: Best in the world Ronaldo wants Real Madrid extension

The club’s president says the Portuguese superstar is better than Lionel Messi and is adamant the player wants to extend his contract at the Bernabeu for many years to come

Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world and is completely committed to signing a new contract at Real Madrid, according to Florentino Perez.

The Blancos president attempted to quell speculation linking the former Manchester United star with a summer exit and insisted he was the world’s top star even when taking Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi into account.

Ronaldo’s contract at the club expires in the summer of 2015 and while reports had suggested he was not keen on a renewal, Perez insists this is far from the case.

“I am going to be as clear as possible. My aim, Cristiano’s aim, and the aim of all Real Madrid fans is that he carries on playing here for many years to come,” the president said to Marca.

“When so many people want the same thing then it usually turns out to be the case. I myself and Real Madrid both want that.

“The player, Cristiano Ronaldo, also wants that. Without a shadow of a doubt, that is what Cristiano wants too.

“We are always talking with him. If you are asking me if we’ve talked about money, then the answer is no because the time isn’t right yet. That will have to wait until after he comes back from holiday.”

Perez insists Real Madrid do not just want Ronaldo in their side to rival Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and believes his player ranks above the Camp Nou star.

“Real Madrid do not want Ronaldo just because Barca have Messi. We want him for the duration because he is the best player in the world, Messi or no Messi.”

Perez added that he felt the media frenzy surrounding the forward’s future was over the top considering the player’s contract was still 24 months away from reaching a conclusion, and tipped Ronaldo to match the accomplishments of the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano before his time at the club is over.

He added: “We want him and what is more we already have him. He has two years left on his contract. Anyone would think he was leaving tomorrow. What we would like is for him to stay even longer.

“The future of our project revolves around him. Teams always depend largely on one great player. At one time it was Di Stefano, later on it was [Zinedine] Zidane. Now it is clear the focus is on Ronaldo. There is nothing better than having the best player in the world in your team.

“We believe Ronaldo will go down in the club’s history as being on a par with Di Stefano.”

Sakho tempted by Monaco move

The Paris Saint-Germain defender has admitted the current revolution at the principality outfit represents an “interesting project”

Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho has revealed he would consider a move to AS Monaco this summer.

The newly-promoted Ligue 1 outfit have spent lavishly thus far in the close season, with more than €120 million having already been invested on deals for Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez.

Sakho is another name to have been linked with Claudio Ranieri’s side in the French media recently and the 23-year-old admits a move to Stade Louis II would be an appealing prospect.

When asked whether he would consider a summer switch to Monaco, he told le 10 Sport: “We’ll see. I’m under contract until 2014. I am happy, I will leave things to take their course.

“In football, anything is possible. Monaco show spirit, just as Paris did before and will continue to do. But there is an interesting project there, it’s true.”

Sakho has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League, with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool thought to be interested, although PSG assistant coach Claude Makelele insisted last month that the club would not entertain any offers for the centre-back.

Abidal: Guardiola wants me at Bayern

The French full-back has expressed his interest in joining die Roten and claims that, though nothing is settled, his former coach is extremely keen to bring him to Bavaria

Eric Abidal says he wants to sign for Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola would be happy to welcome him to the club.

Abidal made an emotional return to the Barcelona first team in a 5-0 win over Mallorca in April after recovering from cancer surgery, but it was confirmed last month he would be leaving the Catalans at the end of the season.

Speaking to French football programme Telefoot, the 33-year-old Frenchman declared his intent to find a new club in the summer and says new Bayern Munich coach Guardiola is interested in signing him.

“Guardiola knows my situation and he would be delighted to have me on his team,” the former Olympique Lyonnais defender said.

“But the director and the chairman of Bayern have their words on the matter too.

“I would be pleased to join Bayern. I have a very good relationship with Franck Ribery. Bayern is among the best in Europe. Everything is possible. Do I have a preference ? I don’t. But Bayern would be good.”

Abidal, who played 193 times for the Blaugrana after joining in 2007, also mooted the possibility of him returning to Monaco where he began his professional career.
 
“I don’t know where I’ll play next season yet,” the France international admitted.

“But the most important thing is to have options such as Monaco. This is a move that would allow me to go full circle in my career.”

Chelsea and Mourinho want to keep De Bruyne, says Bayer Leverkusen general manager

The 21-year-old had been expected to make a permanent move to Germany as part of a deal to sign Andre Schurrle, but the Blues hope the Belgian will remain at Stamford Bridge

Kevin De Bruyne is part of Jose Mourinho’s plans for Chelsea next season and will not make a move to Bayer Leverkusen, according to the German club’s general manager.
The young Belgian spent last season on loan in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen and had been expected to return to Germany as part of a deal to take Andre Schurrle to Stamford Bridge.

But Michael Reschke, the Leverkusen general manager, has indicated Mourinho wants the 21-year-old in his squad at Stamford Bridge.

“At a meeting on Wednesday in Leipzig, Chelsea and Jose Mourinho made it clear that Kevin returns to Chelsea,” said Reschke, according to Bild.

“It was not possible to connect it with the Andre Schurrle transfer.”

Chelsea, meanwhile, are understood to still be hopeful of signing Germany international Schurrle, though sporting director Rudi Voller denies a transfer has been agreed.

Jovetic: I need to leave Fiorentina

The Montenegrin starlet has announced his intention to leave the Viola, stating he feels he needs to test himself at a top club – with Juventus a possible destination

Stevan Jovetic has stunned Fiorentina by revealing that he intends to leave this summer and would be open to a Juventus move.

Jovetic, 23, scored 13 times in 31 league games and has been linked with a plethora of top European clubs of late, including Arsenal and Chelsea following this season’s exploits with fourth-placed Fiorentina.

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Jovetic has now revealed he wants to move on from the Florence-based outfit, believing it is essential if he wants to realise his trophy-winning ambitions.

“I’ve been at Fiorentina in 2008, five very intense seasons,” the former Partizan Belgrade forward said.

“I really feel like I’ve given everything. I’m young and ambitious and it is normal to feel the need to test myself elsewhere. I do not think there’s anything wrong with desire.

“Florence and the Viola fans have always asked me to be upfront: so here it is. I need stimulation elsewhere, I need to devote myself in a top club. I’ve played in Europe with Fiorentina, now I want to win in Europe.”

The Montenegrin, who joined Fiorentina in May 2008, will likely command a fee upwards of €30 million but claims he has no shortage of potential suitors, though confessing a move to Juventus would be extremely appealing.

“For a year they [Juventus] have said they want me,” he continued.

“I come before [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Carlos] Tevez and [Gonzalo] Higuain in their list. Who would not be flattered?

“With [Antonio] Conte I feel that I could continue to grow. I think the feeling is mutual.

“But the Premier League is also fantastic championship, as is La Liga. I have some opportunities so we’ll see.”