Benitez ‘at ease’ over Ronaldo talk

Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez is not concerned with speculation surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo's future amid talk of a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Ronaldo sent the rumour mill into overdrive in midweek when he approached PSG manager Laurent Blanc after the Champions League clash at the Bernabeu and whispered into the ear of the Frenchman.

Blanc refused to divulge what the Portugal international said to him, only that it was "very complimentary", and subsequent reports linked Ronaldo with a switch to the French capital.

Benitez, though, appeared to be unfazed when asked about the incident at a press conference ahead of his side's trip to Sevilla on Sunday night, pointing to comments from Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, which suggested the 30-year-old wanted to see out his career with Los Blancos.

"Cristiano is scoring for fun and looks happy to me," the Spaniard said, as reported on the club's official website. "He scored three goals in training today.

"I read that his agent said he's happy and that he'll finish his career here. If he's as happy and effective as he showed today then I'm at ease. I hope he's here for years to come and continues scoring hatfuls of goals."

Quizzed about the exchange between Ronaldo and Blanc, Benitez called his press officer over and whispered in his ear before telling the assembled journalists: "What did I say? Nobody knows. There's your answer."

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