Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly agreed to join Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain this summer if he leaves the Bernabeu, according to the Mirror.
The 31-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the French capital for a number of months now, but reports are now claiming Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has reached a “verbal agreement” with PSG’s owners, that should he leave Spain’s capital, he will become a PSG player from next season.
Rumours of a move for the former Manchester United winger were further ignited when his current side met PSG in the group stages of this season’s Champions League and Ronaldo had a very public chat with coach Laurent Blanc amid rumours of Ronaldo meeting PSG owner, Nasser Al-Khelaffi.
The Qatari billionaire responded to rumours of a potential deal with Ronaldo last autumn by stating: “Ronaldo has a contract with Real and we respect that,” he said. “Negotiations would be in secret but nothing for now,” he laughed.
But despite becoming Real Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer, Ronaldo and his agent have had a fractured relationship with Madrid president, Florentino Perez and it is this relationship that has flamed suggestions of a move away from the Bernabeu.
Perez reportedly reacted angrily last autumn after an interview Ronaldo had with a German publication contained quotes of the Portuguese being open to a Real Madrid exit but he denied he made those remarks and insisted his remarks had been lost in translation.
But Ronaldo’s camp are reportedly refusing to comment on the speculation as the 31-year-old gears up for a crucial next few months for both club and country.
Real Madrid face Deportivo La Coruna this Sunday knowing that a win and a Barcelona slip up at Granada will hand them the La Liga title. And after the culmination of the La Liga title race, Ronaldo and his team mates will head to Milan for the Champions League final against their Madrid rivals, Atletico.
But the season doesn’t finish there for the Portugal captain as he meets with the national team for the upcoming European Championships in France.