Asigh of relief swept throughout Real Madrid on Thursday evening after the first contact with Cristiano Ronaldo since the forward’s wantaway revelations.
Amid allegations of tax fraud and an impending date in court, July 31, the Portugal captain was said to have expressed his desire to leave Spain for good, putting Los Blancos on red alert.
However Ronaldo briefly contacted the club hierarchy after touching down in Madrid following his nation’s Confederations Cup defeat, on the way to meet his two new children, and the outcome was one of greater optimism around the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Having not heard at all from the 32-year-old since the story broke, and with the formal meeting between Florentino Perez and the player not due until next week, Real now consider Ronaldo to be once again on good terms with the club and assured that they will do all they can in his fight to clear his name with the Tax Agency.
In the fortnight since Ronaldo was first reported to be demanding a move, no club has made an offer for the winger with Paris Saint-Germain believed to be leading the chase.
Although in Madrid they expect a personal communication from Les Parisiens chairman Nasser El Khalifi to Real president Perez before such talks commence, which is yet to occur.