RON­ALDO TO RE­VEAL REAL PLANS SOON

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Real Madrid will meet Cris­tiano Ron­aldo at the start of next week to dis­cuss the striker’s fu­ture, a club ex­ec­u­tive said yes­ter­day.

The Span­ish cham­pi­ons have not spo­ken to their star player af­ter dis­cov­er­ing through Por­tuguese me­dia that he wanted to leave the club be­cause of al­le­ga­tions against him that he evaded 14.7-mil­lion (about R218-mil­lion) in tax.

“Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s fu­ture will be key to the club’s sport­ing plans for next sea­son and it’s some­thing we have to solve as soon as pos­si­ble,” the ex­ec­u­tive said.

“We haven’t heard his in­ten­tions. We count on him, but we have to know what it is he wants.”

Ron­aldo, 32, was elim­i­nated with Por­tu­gal from the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup in Rus­sia on penal­ties by Chile at the semi-fi­nal stage on Wed­nes­day.

Al­though his coun­try will fea­ture in the third-place play-off, the Por­tuguese foot­ball fed­er­a­tion re­leased him so he can travel to meet his twins, born dur­ing the tour­na­ment to a sur­ro­gate mother.

Madrid want Ron­aldo to en­joy a few days rest be­fore ad­dress­ing the topic of his fu­ture on Mon­day or Tues­day, when pres­i­dent Florentino Perez will learn about Ron­aldo’s in­ten­tions first hand.

For the mo­ment Madrid have frozen in­com­ing and out­go­ing trans­fer op­er­a­tions be­cause their plans de­pend on what their star player will do.

In 2016-17 Ron­aldo en­joyed ar­guably his best sea­son with Real Madrid, lead­ing them to a league and Cham­pi­ons League dou­ble.

A few days af­ter lift­ing Madrid’s 12th Euro­pean Cup, Spain’s tax author­i­ties ac­cused the four-time Bal­lon d’Or win­ner of fraud re­lated to his im­age rights be­tween 2011 and 2014. Three days later the Por­tuguese me­dia re­vealed that Ron­aldo felt at­tacked by the Span­ish tax author­i­ties and had de­cided to leave Real Madrid and La Liga. – dpa; Pic­ture: Reuters

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