Perez confident Ronaldo will stay

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has dismissed concerns that Cristiano Ronaldo wants an exit from the club.

While Sergio Busquets regrets losing sight of him.

By staff

The Portuguese star has stirred up speculation on his future following his refusal to celebrate his goals in Real's 3-0 win over Granada over the weekend. In the aftermath of the game, he confessed that he was "sad" due to a professional issue that the club was aware of and a number of theories have cropped up in an attempt to explain Ronaldo's statement. 

However, Perez, who sanctioned an astonishing £80million transfer fee to bring Ronaldo to Madrid from Manchester United in 2009, feels that Ronaldo will not be seeking an exit from the club in the near future. He points towards the timing of Ronaldo's statements as he believes that Ronaldo could have made his unhappiness known during the summer transfer window if he was truly interested in leaving the La Liga champions. 

"If he wanted to leave he'd have said so when the transfer window was still open," Perez told Marca. "There are other reasons behind it."

Club captain Iker Casillas called for patience and understanding on the matter as despite the riches afforded to top players, he stated that footballers are not immune to normal human problems. 

"I can understand if people find it difficult to understand what footballers go through," the Spain custodian commented. 

"But we're also human beings and we have our worries, just like everyone else. 

"We have friends and family, as you would expect."

The 27-year-old striker also issued a follow-up statement on Tuesday in order to clarify that he's not angling for a higher salary at the club. 

"That I am feeling sad and have expressed this sadness has created a huge stir. I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case," Ronaldo said on the club's website.

Ronaldo is currently with the Portugal squad preparing for the side's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on Friday. 

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