Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has reportedly put a call through to his wantaway star Cristiano Ronaldo, begging the Portuguese not to leave after he stunned the club by threatening to quit earlier this week.
Reports of Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid surfaced on Friday morning in papers across Spain and Portugal. And the Four-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo who had enjoyed another sensational season at the Bernabeu is said to feel the club has not protected him sufficiently after he was charged with allegedly evading £13million in tax.
With Ronaldo edging closer to forcing a move away, French boss Zidane has begged his star man to stick around as they need him.Marca
claim Zizou called the Portuguese forward - despite being away on a family holiday in Italy - saying: "Cris, we need you."
Zidane sees Ronaldo are still critical to his team's future hopes, despite his advancing years, and will reportedly do anything to keep him around - including paying off his £13million tax bill.
Real Madrid appeared to completely back him, but a different picture has since emerged which may suggest why he wants out after eight years at the club.
The breakdown may be linked to reports in El Confidencial. They claimed Real contacted all the Spanish media outlets and requested them not to publish pictures of Ronaldo in a Madrid shirt when covering the tax story.
The Euro 2016-winning forward was also puzzlingly left out of a video promo for Madrid’s new kit.