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Ronaldo may not leave Madrid despite exit rumour, says Ballack

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Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU


Michael Ballack expects Cristiano Ronaldo to remain at Real Madrid amid rumours linking the Portuguese superstar with a shock exit.The Ballon d’Or holder is reportedly seeking a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu due to scrutiny in Spain over his tax affairs.

Prosecutors in Madrid have filed a complaint in which they accused Ronaldo of a “voluntary” and “conscious” breach of his tax obligations, amounting to a figure of €14.7million.

His representatives Gestifute have denied the accusation, while his club have said they are “absolutely convinced that our player… will prove his total innocence in this process”.

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Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have been touted as possible destinations for the 32-year-old, while Bayern Munich were yesterday moved to dismiss rumours linking them with a stunning swoop.

Ballack, who exited Bayern under something of a cloud when he left for Chelsea on a free transfer in 2006, expects Ronaldo to remain at Zinedine Zidane’s LaLiga and European champions.

I think it’s an emotional situation right now… all I can say is he’s playing at a fantastic club,” he told Omnisport. “And I’m sure he’s happy at that club.

“It’s a bit of a difficult situation right now. But he’s experienced enough to handle it as well and find a good solution for himself. “Real Madrid is a fantastic club and I don’t see him at another club right now.”


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