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Ronaldo demands Real Madrid NOT to sign world class midfielder, wants club to prioritise ‘keeper instead
- Updated: February 12, 2018
Real madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has given the team management strict instructions not to pursue their interest in Chelsea star Eden Hazard, according to reports in Spanish media.
The European champions had reportedly highlighted Hazard as a potential replacement for the ageing Ronaldo, but the 33-year-old has demanded that the Spanish giants must put an end to all such speculation.
Ronaldo gave a glimpse of his best form in Real Madrid’s 5-2 over the weekend, where he bagged a hat-trick and also provided the assist for Lucas Vazquez’ first minute goal.
While he has been far from his best in the league this term, Ronaldo has been rumoured to also be interested in a move back to the English Premier League with Manchester United and Chelsea believed to be monitoring his situation.
While it is no secret that Hazard is a big fan of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, the future of the former France international is also in doubt, with Spurs head Mauricio Pochettino rumoured to be the man lined up to take his position if the need arises.
Don Balon has reported that Ronaldo has told Florentino Perez that he does not believe that Hazard will offer the team any improvement, which seems a tad bit strange given the Belgian playmaker’s exploits during his time at Chelsea and Real Madrid’s recent struggles in front of goal in the La Liga.
The report goes on to suggest that Ronaldo also had a chat with fellow attacker Gareth Bale, who exhoed these sentiments.
While many had suggested that Ronaldo was sure to quit the club at the end of the season, it is believed that the Portuguese international is now having second thoughts about the move and does not want the arrival of a world-class star to put his position as talisman in jeopardy.
Instead, Ronaldo has put emphasis on stengthening other areas of the squad, insisting that Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea should be seen as a replacement for Keylor Navas.