Benitez: Impossible to guarantee Ronaldo will be at Madrid next season

The Portuguese attacker has added further fuel to speculation surrounding his future and the coach admitted that there are no certainties that he will remain in the Spanish capital

Rafael Benitez has admitted that he cannot guarantee Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Real Madrid next season.

The three-time Ballon d’Or winner has been at the Santiago Bernabe since 2009, but a complicated relationship with the fans and president Florentino Perez has seen him linked with a return to Manchester United as well as a move to Paris Saint-Germain in recent seasons.

The Portuguese star added fuel to the speculation surrounding his future on Tuesday as he whispered something into the ear of PSG coach Laurent Blanc after his side’s 1-0 Champions League win over the French side.

Benitez admits there is uncertainty surrounding his side’s talisman, but maintains he is happy at the club.

“You want my opinion about what Ronaldo whispered to Blanc?” the Spaniard asked journalists at a news conference before turning to his press officer and whispering in his ear. 

“Do you know what I just said to him? No? Well then, you already have my answer.

“You all know the relationship between the president and the player, and you know how professional Ronaldo is.

“Can I assure you that Ronaldo will remain here next year? Could you assure that you will have a job next year? It’s impossible. And that’s the same for everybody.

“I have seen a happy team that has trained well, and a happy, goalscoring Cristiano Ronaldo.”

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