Spanish TV cameras have captured a private conversation between Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, with the two discussing a recent interview where the Portuguese star said he may leave the Santiago Bernabeu. Perez asked the former Manchester United star why he said such a thing.
The future of Ronaldo has been under heavy scrutiny in recent times, with press reports suggesting he has a poor relationship with current manager Rafa Benitez. Paris Saint-Germain are understood to be monitoring the situation, while the player has also been linked with a return to Manchester United.
Ronaldo himself added fuel to these speculations in an interview with German football magazine Kicker, where he seemed to open the door to a big money move. "Leave Real? Why not? For the moment I play with Real Madrid, but you never know," Ronaldo told Kicker. "You need to do what makes you happy, and nobody knows what will happen tomorrow."
Perez challenged the player about these comments before Real's 1-0 victory over PSG on 3 November. The conversation, spotted by a Spanish film crew trailing Ronaldo's walk to the dressing room, went as follows:
Ronaldo: Hi Presi!
Perez: We have to talk.
Ronaldo: About what?
Perez: What have you said?
Ronaldo: What I have said? No, I didn't say that, I didn't say that... I said something different.
The confrontation comes just days after Ronaldo's former Sporting Lisbon teammate, Jose Semedo, said the player would love to come back to the Premier League.
"He is very happy at Real Madrid and he loves English football, he loves English people and deep down I think he will come back to England," he said.