Football: Cristiano Ronaldo wants to retire at Real Madrid, claims club president

MADRID (REUTERS) - Cristiano Ronaldo wants to play out the rest of his career at Real Madrid, club president Florentino Perez said in an interview on Monday.

The Portugal forward and former World Player of the Year has a contract with the Spanish giants until 2015 but media speculation has linked the 28-year-old with a possible move away from the Bernabeu.

"The person who wants to retire at Real Madrid is Ronaldo, and Real want him to retire here too," Perez, who has just been returned for another four-year term as president, told broadcaster Univision in quotes carried in the Spanish media.

"There haven't been any negotiations (on a new deal) because he is on holiday. Be in no doubt, Cristiano will retire here because he wants to. Just as (Zinedine) Zidane and other great players have done."

Real, the nine-times European champions, have been linked with a possible bid for Wales and Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale, but Perez played down the speculation.

"He is a great player who belongs to a club we are very friendly with," he said. "But we haven't made any offer."