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Real Madrid’s Perez on Ronaldo: “He’s a Real Madrid player”

Cristiano Ronaldo Receives His Fourth Golden Boot Award

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 13: Real Madrid football player Cristiano Ronaldo (L) receives from hands of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez (R) his fourth Golden Boot Award as maximun goal scorer of European leagues at The Westin Palace Hotel on October 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez navigated the Monday press conference regarding his re-election without a single mention of Cristiano Ronaldo.

On one hand, that means Perez did not lend any credence to rumors that Ronaldo wants to leave the club following tax evasion charges in Spain.

On the other hand, the boisterous, outspoken, and by no means bashful Perez did not come to the defense of his superstar.

UPDATE (from Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol):

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What that means is up to you to interpret, but Perez was expected to speak about Ronaldo’s future during the press conference. The fact that he didn’t could be as simple as “sources” being incorrect, or incredibly complex.

Marca has reported that Real manager Zinedine Zidane has unsurprisingly reached out to the Portuguese hero to try and soothe what ails Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has been linked with a move back to Manchester United, and one rumor claims that he’ll be offered along with Alvaro Morata in exchange for goalkeeper David De Gea and a whopping $234 million.

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