Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez is refusing to bow to Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract demands and is growing tired of the Portuguese ‘arrogant’ approach to seeking a new contract.
Perez is apparently reluctant to reward the Portuguese with improved terms and no longer believes the club are in possession of the best player in the world.
However, Ronaldo’s commercial pull means Perez will not let his star leave on the cheap but – with a lack of suitors willing to meet his €100million (£88m) market value – Perez would demand the player buy his way out of his contract should he want to force an exit.
Perez would prefer Ronaldo to stay but if the forward decides he does not want to be held by the terms of his current contract until it expires in 2021, the report suggests Real would ask for £177m (€200m) in the case of a contract termination.
That figure is way below £880m (€1bn) buyout clause in the contract Ronaldo signed in November 2016 but apparently double what Ronaldo himself deems fair.
The Diario story suggests that Perez’s patience with Ronaldo is wearing thin and the club’s desire to bring Neymar to the Bernabeu in the summer of 2019 is a factor in the strategy.
On the pitch Real are currently fourth and eight points behind Barcelona in La Liga with Ronaldo has not been at his prolific best domestically, scoring four goals in 11 games. Although nine Champions League goals in just six games suggests any talk of a sharp decline is wide of the mark.