Ronaldo will stay at Real Madrid, says Arbeloa

Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Real Madrid, according to former defender Alvaro Arbeloa.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo   -  Getty Images

Former Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa has "no doubt" Cristiano Ronaldo will remain with the European champion. Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from the La Liga winner amid reports he is unhappy at scrutiny of his tax affairs in Spain.

The Portugal international has denied defrauding Spanish tax authorities out of EUR 14.7million in image rights.

Arbeloa, who won two Champions League titles and a La Liga crown at Madrid and retired in June, said he was sure Ronaldo would stay. "He is very intelligent. When the perfect moment arrives to speak, he will," he told El Chiringuito TV.

"We must give him our vote of confidence. He is our franchise player and we trust him fully. Everyone knows him perfectly. He doesn't hide. He will say that he is still in Madrid, I have no doubt."

Ronaldo, 32, has won three Champions League titles and two La Liga crowns at Madrid, but is linked with a return to former club Manchester United and Ligue 1 giant Paris Saint-Germain.

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