Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to force a Real Madrid exit due to a poor relationship with the club, reports in Spain claim.
The Portuguese international was heavily linked with a move to former club Manchester United in the summer, as well as Paris Saint-Germain, after apparently becoming frustrated with Real during his tax scandal.
Cristiano has struggled in La Liga this season, as have Real Madrid, with the champions sitting in fourth place and eight points behind Barcelona already.
According to El Chiringuito TV, Ronaldo’s rift with Real president Florentino Perez has grown bigger in recent weeks since the tax scandal fall out.
The Spanish TV station claims that the 32-year-old will not negotiate a new deal at the Santiago Bernabeu, and is now “closer than ever” to leaving the club.
The tension has escalated after comments Perez made about PSG star Neymar. The president dropped his biggest hint yet that he would like to sign Neymar, saying: “Being in Madrid would make it easier to win the Ballon d’Or. Madrid is a club that gives a big player everything they need to do so.”
As a result, the report claims that Cristiano has asked his lawyers to secure a written document from Real stating that he can leave the club in the summer for a fee less than his £1billion release clause.
His current deal runs until 2021, and while the Ballon d’Or winner will refuse any offers, Los Blancos are themselves wary of offering a new deal to the player, who will be 35 when his current deal runs out.