Cristiano Ronaldo’s future is up in the air after he stated his intention to leave Real Madrid, but Zinedine Zidane hopes he can convince the player to stay in the Spanish capital.
As soon as the Frenchman heard of the player’s intentions, he phoned the Portuguese to discuss the announcement and discover the real reasons behind the decision to go public with his discontent.
Zidane’s word means a lot to Ronaldo, as shown by the fact that he was the only person able to convince the player into accepting reduced playing time for Los Blancos last season.
The message from Zidane to his star forward was clear and he told Ronaldo that this current Real Madrid team could go on to win plenty more and that they needed him for his goals, but also his winning mentality.
The coach, aware of the influence that the Portuguese has on the players at the club and that they owe a lot of their success to him, is confident that the problems can be resolved.
Determined not to give up and to keep hold of the No.7, Zidane will continue to talk to the player throughout the summer and, if nothing is resolved by the end of his holidays, he will sit and speak to the player in Madrid.
Should he be unable to convince Ronaldo to stay, he has always said he does not want to keep any players against their will and that he does not want anyone involved who is not 100 percent committed to the cause.
The coach is not alone in contacting the wantaway star, as Sergio Ramos also phoned his teammate in a bid to convince him to stay.
It should not be forgotten that the defender himself has been in Ronaldo’s position before, in terms of wanting a move away, but Ramos ultimately opted to stay put and has gone on to win European and domestic titles, giving Ronaldo someone to take note from