Real Madrid chief: Man Utd’s Ronaldo is the future of football

He said: “The renewal of contract wasn’t unexpected. He’s a young player and the media pressure was so great that the new contract was the logical thing to do. Nobody can work in that sort of pressure.

“The solution was to renew him and if his destiny is to finish at another team in the summer, in the end it will happen.

“We have never said he will come here, but it is true we like this type of player. Everything depends on whether they want to sell the player and if he wants to come.

“He is in a great state of form. The future of world-wide football.”