Ronaldo staying put until 2015 at least

Real Madrid’s star man, Cristiano Ronaldo, has admitted that he wants to see out the remainder of his contract at the Bernabeu, which runs through until 2015. He did admit however, that what is going to happen beyond then in unclear.

This doesn’t seem to be breaking news as it is no surprise that he wants to stay at one of the biggest clubs in the world, but there have been a number of rumours questioning his future at Real, so the Portuguese seemed to feel as though it was time to put them to bed.

Earlier in the season, he said he was ‘sad’ with the La Liga champions.

If you repeat it – sad at the La Liga champions – it does seem a bit strange, but after the season they have had in the top flight so far, you wouldn’t blame him for being a bit upset.

No matter what some might say, there is no chance that Ronaldo can help the team retain their title as they are a massive 18 points behind Barcelona. If you have been watching the Spanish top flight this season, you know it is going to take something extraordinary for Real to catch their bitter rivals.

But, the Portugal international is remaining committed to Jose Mourinho’s side, despite such a poor domestic campaign.

He said: “I want to see out my contract at Real Madrid – I’m very clear about that. After that, well, I don’t know what’ll happen in the future.”

You have to respect Ronaldo for wanting to achieve great things at Real as well. He is constantly living in the shadow of the Lionel Messi and the Spanish media seem to favour the Barcelona number ten.

So, it would be easy for him to come back to the Premier League and set it alight once again – but he has already done that. He clearly wants to succeed at the Bernabeu and the way for him to do that is by winning the Champions League this year.

The 27-year-old is in his prime right now, so knows the decisions he makes over the next few years are vital ones in his career.

As he is under the management of Mourinho at Real Madrid, you would say that the Spanish capital is the right place for him at the moment. If the Portuguese pair stay at Real, then the future should be bright for the club.

This season might just prove to be a blip in an otherwise very successful era.

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.