Real Madrid reject Cristiano Ronaldo contract demands

Boss Zinedine Zidane is enduring his worst spell since taking charge and is under real pressure

Since claiming a club-record fifth trophy of 2017 at the FIFA Club World Cup in December, Madrid's season has threatened to come apart at the seams.

Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane's Madrid take on Leganes in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Thursday night.

Asked at a press conference if Neymar might one day play for Real, Zidane said he didn't talk about other teams' players before praising the winger who joined Paris Saint Germain in August.

"We will find positive things". I'm never going to throw in the towel.

Zidane said his "BBC" strike force of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were fit to play, though he did not reveal if he would field the trio, who have not started a game together since facing Barcelona in April previous year.

The trio have rarely been available to play together due to either injury or suspension.

"It's great news, it's always good to be able count on players of such quality and get your injured players back and I'm happy to have them back as they give us more power in attack", Zidane added.

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Neymar has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and while Zidane spoke of his admiration for the Brazil global, he played down suggestions the former Barcelona forward could be on his way to the club.

"This is a player who has charmed everyone, the whole football world".

Deportivo head to the Bernabeu fighting for survival at the bottom of LaLiga.

Three defeats in their last four games has left them 18th, two points adrift of safety, and coach Cristobal Parralo admits it may not be easy for them to arrest that form at the Bernabeu this weekend.

However, given Ronaldo made his name at United and helped them win three Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League during his six seasons at the club, most Red Devils fans would likely welcome him back with open arms.

"Madrid is a club that gives a big player everything they need to do so".


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