Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid contract renewal does not worry me

The prolific attacker remains calm over his contract situation at the Santiago Bernabeu side and is happy with the way things are developing

Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that he is unworried about his contract situation at Real Madrid as both parties have yet to finalise the Portugal international’s new deal.

The 28-year-old is close to signing a new contract with the Santiago Bernabeu side until the summer of 2018 that will make him the best-paid player in La Liga ahead of Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi.

Madrid aim to wrap up the signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham before completing Ronaldo’s extended deal.

“My contract renewal is not something that worries me at this point. I still have a few years to go on my current deal,” the prolific attacker told AS.

“These things develop naturally and sooner or later there will be clarity.

“Things are going well and my contract situation is not a problem for me. I am happy with the way things are going. It’s not as if the world is coming to an end.”

Ronaldo joined Madrid from Manchester United for a world record fee of €94 million in the summer of 2009 and has since netted over 200 goals in official games for los Blancos.

Southampton tempt Roma's Osvaldo with club-record salary

The Saints are willing to pay the Roma striker €70,000-a-week, making him the highest paid player in their history, to beat off competition from Benfica, Wolfsburg and Spurs

By Wayne Veysey

Southampton have offered to make Pablo Osvaldo the highest paid player in their history in a bid to entice him from Roma, Goal understands.

The Premier League club have been pursuing the Italy international all summer as they attempt to bolster their attacking options.

Goal understands that Southampton have offered Osvaldo a club-record €70,000-a-week deal in a bid to beat off competition for the player’s signature from Benfica, Wolfsburg and Tottenham.

The Saints are hopeful their improved offer will be enough to convince the striker, who snubbed interest in the club earlier this summer as he held out for a move to a higher profile outfit.

The deal also depends upon Spurs’ twin pursuit of Osvaldo’s Roma team-mates Erik Lamela and Miralem Pjanic, with the Italian club unwilling to sanction the sales of all three players.

Goal revealed earlier this week that Tottenham had opened talks with Roma to sign €35m-rated Lamela, with the Giallorossi’s sporting director Walter Sabatini meeting his opposite number Franco Baldini in London on Thursday.

Osvaldo is currently weighing up his options as he awaits the outcome of negotiations between his current employers and the two Premier League clubs.

Southampton have indicated to Roma they are willing to pay a club-record fee of €20m including add-ons for the Argentina-born forward, who was signed from Espanyol in 2011 in a deal worth up to €17m.

The Serie A club are willing to off-load the 27-year-old this summer in an attempt to provide funds for new manager Rudi Garcia to re-shape his squad.

Tottenham met with Osvaldo’s representatives earlier this year but it is understood that Baldini, the former Roma general manager, who took up a new role as Spurs’ technical director in June, has doubts about the controversial forward’s attitude.

He was left out of Italy’s Confederations Cup squad by coach Cesare Prandelli after becoming involved in a public row with former Roma boss Aurelio Andreazzoli, but has since been recalled to the international fold.

Osvaldo’s salary expectations are not an insurmountable problem for Premier League clubs flush with money from the new broadcasting deal.

The striker currently earns €71,500-a-week at Roma, a sum that will rise to €85,000-a-week in the final year of his contract, which runs until 2016.

BREAKING NEWS: Wolfsburg confirm Gustavo capture

The holding midfielder has opted against a move to Arsenal and will continue his career at the 2008-09 Bundesliga champions

Wolfsburg have announced on their official website that they have secured the services of Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee, beating Arsenal to the signature of the Brazil international.

The 26-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the 2008-09 Bundesliga champions and will be officially presented later on Friday.

Gustavo was keen to leave Bayern after he was deemed surplus to requirements by head coach Pep Guardiola following the arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona earlier this transfer window.

He had also caught the attention of Arsenal and the Premier League giants had a €20 million offer accepted for Gustavo. However, the midfielder has decided to stay in the Bundesliga instead.

Gustavo had joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in January 2011, making over 60 Bundesliga appearances for the Allianz Arena side since and winning the treble in 2012-13.

The Brazilian midfielder joins compatriots Naldo, Diego and Felipe Lopes at Wolfsburg.

Barcelona's Mascherano reveals Rafael Benitez contact

The Argentina international has admitted that he is still in regular touch with his former Liverpool boss amid reports linking him with a move to Napoli

Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has admitted that he is still in regular contact with Rafael Benitez amid reports that Napoli are interested in signing the Argentine.

The 29-year-old worked with the Spanish coach from 2007 until 2010 during his time at Liverpool and has fond memories of the current Partenopei boss.

“Am I going to Napoli? I can only say that I have a lot of respect for Rafa,” Mascherano was quoted as saying by Il Mattino.

“We still often speak to each other. We keep in touch pretty much on a daily basis. He has helped me become a better player.

“A reunification? I like Serie A, but I’m still a Barcelona player at the moment.”

Mascherano, whose contract with Barcelona runs until 2016, recently admitted that a number of clubs have enquired about his availability, but added that no concrete offers have been made.

Bale not talking to Tottenham team-mates, reveals Villas-Boas

The Spurs manager says the Wales international is keeping quiet about a possible transfer to Real Madrid, while maintaining the stance that his key player is not for sale

Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas has revealed Gareth Bale is remaining silent over his potential transfer to Real Madrid.

The Wales international has been the subject of a failed world record bid from Los Blancos, and negotiations seem to have reached an impasse as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy holds out for the best possible price.

Bale, who has not featured for the club since their first pre-season friendly against Swindon on July 16 due to injury, has revealed privately his desire to leave north London and complete a dream move to the Spanish capital.

But Villas-boas maintains that the club do not want to sell their prize asset and are not willing to negotiate a transfer with Real and says the PFA and FWA player of the year remains tight-lipped about his future.

“His mental state nobody knows because the player doesn’t speak,” the Portuguese told reporters.

“The only thing that we are able to see or you [media] are able to see is the player arriving in and out of the training ground.

“We are aware that Real Madrid are interested in the player. It doesn’t mean that we are willing to negotiate on him. Our idea is to count on Gareth.

“We can speak to the players regarding their ambitions and we can explain to them that at certain stages players are under contract and have the responsibility towards their clubs and we as the club, or the chairman as the person who controls the club, has to defend their own interest.”

Villas-Boas this week ruled Bale out of Spurs’ Premier League curtain-raiser with Crystal Palace as the forward continues to struggle with a foot injury and the former Chelsea and Porto boss has warned he may not be ready to feature until September.

“Obviously he is very far off regarding his fitness compared to the others,” the 35-year-old added.

“So it will take some time to bring him back to the level that the others are after six weeks. But the player is a super athlete. For Palace, for Dinamo Tbilisi, for Swansea, he will not be in line to threaten to come back.”