Cristiano Ronaldo 'wants to stay' insist Real Madrid despite reported interest from Manchester United

The world's most expensive player has two years remaining on his contract

The Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, claims Cristiano Ronaldo wants to commit himself to the club. Ronaldo has previously hinted at plans to leave Madrid when his contract expires in 2015, and has been reluctant to enter into talks over new terms. Now Perez has claimed the Portugal forward is ready to talk.

"I am going to be as clear as possible," Perez said at the weekend. "My aim, Cristiano's aim, and the aim of all Real Madrid fans is that he carries on playing here for many years to come. He has two years left on his contract. Anyone would think he was leaving tomorrow.

"What we would like is for him to stay even longer. The future of our project revolves around him. Teams always depend largely on one great player. At one time it was [Alfredo] Di Stefano, later on it was [Zinedine] Zidane. Now it is clear the focus is on Ronaldo. There is nothing better than having the best player in the world in your team."

Manchester United have been linked with a bid for the player they sold to Real for £80m in 2009.