Carlo Ancelotti blasts Cristiano Ronaldo to Man United rumours as nonsense

The Portugal captain is believed to have become disillusioned with life in Spain after the club allowed Xabi Alonso and Angel di Maria to leave in the summer.

Widespread reports have claimed that Ronaldo would be open to returning to Old Trafford following his departure back in 2009.

However, Ancelotti has insisted that the 29-year-old, who won the Ballon d’Or in January, is ”happy” playing for the European champions.

”These are words without meaning.” FourFourTwo quotes Ancelotti as saying. ”I believe [the] reports are nonsense. Cristiano is happy here, very motivated to be here, and all Madridismo is delighted with him.

”Ronaldo [has] great professionalism, leadership, we must enjoy him and do everything to keep him in this physical and mental condition. Without doubt Ronaldo is the best player in the world. We are lucky he plays for us. We have to enjoy it.”

Reports have claimed that it would cost £200m in fees and wages for United to bring Ronaldo back to the Premier League.

Real Madrid Trained for the last time today before leaving for Villarreal tomorrow.
Fortsätt läsa Carlo Ancelotti blasts Cristiano Ronaldo to Man United rumours as nonsense

Coach Ancelotti Rules out Ronaldo rest

Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed talk of a rest for Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Real Madrid’s game with Elche.

The Italian plans to rotate his squad in the coming weeks, starting with Tuesday’s game, but has for the moment ruled out including Ronaldo as part of that.

Cristiano has no need to rest right now. He’s in top form and also in great physical shape and mental condition. We need him at the top of his game right now,” Ancelotti told in a Press conference.

The former Manchester United star has sometimes played wide on the right in recent matches, although Ancelotti insists he has the freedom to operate where he feels most comfortable.

“It’s only a temporary situation as Cristiano has to have the freedom to do what comes naturally to him on the pitch.

“If we need him to play on the right then that’s good because the change in position means our attacking play becomes more unpredictable.”

The 55-year-old also commented on the tactical changes he implemented in the stunning 8-2 away win at Deportivo la Coruna over the weekend, where Asier Illarramendi was introduced to offer more speed on the counter-attack.

“We have other options but our philosophy is to mix the game up and control it even more. After what happened [in the 4-2 defeat] at Anoeta I decided our defence needed more protection.

“We have a great squad and it isn’t easy because everyone wants to play. However, the lads are very professional, respect the referee’s decisions and are always ready to play 20 minutes or however long we need,” he explained.

Real Madrid prepares for the La Liga games against Elche

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Real Madrid won’t Underestimate Juventus Insists Cristiano Ronaldo (Oct 22, 2013)

Cristiano Ronaldo insists that Real Madrid will not underestimate Juventus when the two teams meet at the Bernabeu in a Champions League clash tomorrow evening. 

Real Madrid come into the match having won both their group games so far, beating Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen, while Juventus have drawn both their matches, against the same opponents bRonaldo is not about to take victory over the Italian champions for granted.

We have six points in the table but that is not enough to make it out of the group. Nine points would take us much closer, the Portuguese told a press conference.

We are playing at home and against a strong Juventus team. Their last game might not have gone well, but that does not mean they aren’t a great team with good players.

We need to be focused and to play our best football to win.

 Cristiano Ronaldo on Gareth Bale

Cristiano Ronaldo has also backed fellow Real Madrid new mega signing Gareth Bale to come good and prove his critics wrong.

Summer signing Bale has only been able to complete 146 minutes of action since his world record €100 million move after seeing the opening few weeks of his Bernabeu spell disrupted by injuries.

His participation in Saturday’s Clasico clash with Barcelona could depend on whether he comes through Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Juventus unscathed.

Ronaldo had supportive words for the Welsh star, however, insisting he should be given time to recover from his physical problems.

He couldn’t take part in pre-season and has been injured so things have been difficult for him,” said the Portuguese. “We can’t pressurise him, we must allow him to develop here.

I don’t think talking about his price tag helps him and we must leave him alone in that aspect. He will do great things for the team.

Ronaldo also praised Bale’s eager spirit and pledged to provide any support the former Tottenham ace may need as he adjusts to life in a new country. “He always wants to learn and he’s a great guy,” he enthused. “When I talk to him, I can see how emotional he is about playing for Real Madrid and getting better all the time.

“If he asks for advice, of course I’ll give it to him because I’ve got sympathy for him. He’s a humble guy.

Wednesday’s home meeting with Juventus is the first part of a momentous week for Madrid as they also prepare for the first Clasico of the season on Saturday, and Ronaldo is setting his sights high as he aims for a maximum of six points from the two encounters.

Our wish is to beat Juve and then beat Barca, he stated. I don’t think it will be a decisive week, but it is very important. We didn’t start the season as we wanted to, but we’re getting better and we have to continue to improve.”

 

Carlo Ancelotti on Real Madrid-Juventus Match

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, is looking forward to the opportunity of going up against one of his former clubs. Ancelotti spent two seasons in charge at Juventus between 1999-2001 before being sacked after twice finishing as runner-up in Serie A, but he insists he became a better manager as a result of his time in Turin.

“My experience at Juventus was very important in terms of my growth as a coach and a person,” he said. “The results maybe were not great but my experiences and memories from that time are good ones.”

Juve suffered their first league defeat of the season on Sunday, conceding four goals in the space of fifteen minutes to go down 4-2 at Fiorentina, but Ancelotti is drawing little comfort from that rare blip.

“We have to analyse all aspects of Juve’s last game, not just the 15 minutes when they struggled,” he reasoned. “They have a lot of quality and their overall strength lies in their organisation.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo Signed an Extension to His Real Madrid Contract until 2018

Real Madrid have moved to tie Cristiano Ronaldo to the club until the end of the 2017-18 season by agreeing a three-year contract extension with the prolific Portugal forward.

The announcement of the deal on Sunday ended speculation about a possible return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United in 2015 when his previous deal expired. Big-spending Real president Florentino Perez and the 28-year-old Ronaldo signed the new contract at the club’s Bernabeu stadium.

 

Neither Ronaldo, who said 2018 could mark the end of his career, nor Perez provided details about his salary, but Spanish media reported that his net annual wage would rise to 17 million euros, making him one of the world’s best-paid players.

Everyone knows I was in Manchester for six years and it was a club that give me many, many things and I don’t forget that,” Ronaldo told reporters.

But Manchester, it’s the past. Now my club in the present is Real Madrid, this is my home, my family is here and I am really happy here.”

Quizzed by a reporter about his salary, Ronaldo said “being the best-paid player in soccer was not his main motivation.

In life there are more important things than money. Yes money is important, I am not going to lie, but it was not the priority,” he added.

The priority was a project with future, to win titles. I feel integrated in this project and the money was not the problem.

Cristiano Ronaldo also Honoured with a Award for his Great Contribution for the club  in the Past 4 years and for his Achievements with the Los Blancos.

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Gareth Bale: Cristiano Ronaldo is the best and He is a very big part of why I wanted to come here

Gareth Bale landed in Spain yesterday as the most expensive footballer on the planet, but declared: ‘Ronaldo is still the boss.’

Bale: “He is the best player in the world. He is a very important factor in why I wanted to come here. The team is full of players who are best in the world in their positions. There is nobody better than Cristiano Ronaldo; I am looking forward to playing with him and with the others. I think we will win a lot of trophies together” 

And he explained that he still has a lot to learn in his new club and that he cannot be compared to the Portuguese forward:

Ronaldo is the best player in the world and I want to learn from him He’s the boss. I want to try to help the team. I don’t think I need to help him. He has already shown that he is the best in the world. It is amazing being here and I want to start this challenge and with luck dominate the Liga

 

The best player in the Premier League was extremely happy to sign for Real Madrid:

This is a dream for me. Like the president said, they have made a big effort for me to come here and it has been my dream from the beginning and I would like to thank him for it. I am delighted that my future is starting here. I have always followed Spanish football and it is an incredible league. I have always liked Real Madrid. I have followed them my whole life”.

The Welshman also discussed how his signing had come about and what it was like for him:

They started to talk to the club and everything went normally. I spoke with Florentino Pérez and he made me feel comfortable. He made me feel very welcome and I am grateful for that. It has been a relief and exciting. Last night, at last, I discovered it had been decided and I am delighted to be here. I can’t describe it”.

Press Conference: Ronaldo Responds To Mourinho’s Criticism.

Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo has batted away Jose Mourinho’s barbs as they prepare to meet again for the first time since the Portuguese boss left in June.

The Spanish side will face Chelsea in the final of the Champions Cup on Wednesday, a match which pits Blues manager Jose Mourinho against his old club, a little more than two months after he and Madrid parted ways.

Mourinho gave an interview to ESPN at the weekend, in which he declared: “Madrid is politics. Madrid is not about football, Madrid is not about sport.”

He also belittled his compatriot Ronaldo, by declaring that “the real Ronaldo” was the former Brazil, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona forward, with whom he worked during his period as a translator and assistant coach at Barcelona between 1996 and 1997.

Asked what he had made of his former coach’s comments, Ronaldo responded:

There are some things in life that don’t deserve any mention. This is one of those things and I won’t comment on it for obvious reasons. I always respect my coaches and try to learn from them.” Fortsätt läsa Press Conference: Ronaldo Responds To Mourinho’s Criticism.