Cristiano Ronaldo has committed his future to Real Madrid amid endless speculation linking him with moves to Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain. The Portuguese star was coy on the possibility of a transfer in recent times, but following his four-goal haul in the 8-0 win over Malmo on Tuesday (8 December) he confirmed he is "happy" to stay with Los Blancos.
The current Ballon d'Or champ has been said to be unhappy under new manager Rafa Benitez so far this season. CR7 did little to silence those speculations during a Champions League clash against PSG, being caught on camera speaking to Laurent Blanc – allegedly telling the French boss of his desire to play under him.
Louis van Gaal also opened the door with regards to a possible Old Trafford return, saying: "There is no trainer in that world that doesn't like him. Of course we are looking [at him] – but are looking at all players, not just Ronaldo. But these players are mostly ungettable. With Ronaldo, let's wait and hope
But Ronaldo has snubbed his potential suitors on the same day he became the top scorer in the group stages, netting 11 goals in six games.
"It is all speculation. All these years are the same, people are used to this things happening around Cristiano. But this club has helped me so much since I came here and I'm really happy here," he said, as quoted by AS. "The thing with Blanc is simple. If someone treats you well you speak with them, if someone from Chelsea, Manchester United or Barcelona is decent, I'll talk to them. Obviously it doesn't mean anything. Did I offer to move? Nice one... I have contract at Real Madrid and I will stay here.
"I'm very happy, the team had a great game, it was really good. All the players were good, not just those up front. We knew it was a game we could win, with pressure up front we'd score. On a personal level I'm very happy to set another record".
The Portugal international also backed Benitez to turn round the club's poor start to the season, in a match where the manager was once again booed by Bernabeu supporters.
"I didn't realise [he was whistled], it was a surprise. I don't know what happened. I don't know what the problem is. The fans can show protest as they want to, but the manager is doing a good job, he's still adapting to Real Madrid. He needs to be given time. In my opinion he's doing things well," Ronaldo said.
"Critics are normal. A club like Real Madrid is a club where you'll be criticised if things don't go well. But we are getting better little by little, five wins on the trot, a good run, we're good like this."