Manchester United Transfer News: Zinedine Zidane Speaks On Cristiano Ronaldo Future

Cristiano Ronaldo may be staying at Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain, February 27, 2016. Ronaldo's manager Zinedine Zidane says the star has a future at the club. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane may have just crushed the dreams of Manchester United fans the world over.

The Real Madrid manager laid down his brooding authority at a press conference on Monday, suggesting that the jeers his players have been facing from the crowd at Santiago Bernabeu stadium are an unavoidable part of being a modern footballer.

Then he delivered the killer line, stating categorically that Cristiano Ronaldo, his prancing, egotistical, preening but brillint superstar, would not be sold under his watch.

"I don't [think Ronaldo should be sold]. And I am the coach and I like Cristiano," Zidane said.

Ronaldo scored four goals on Saturday against Celta Vigo in a 7-1 victory, but the week before he had appeared upset, claiming to assembled reporters following the 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid that if only the rest of Madrid's players were as good as he, the team would be top of La Liga.

Such is club life with Ronaldo; the rough taken with the smooth, the smooth now amounting to 252 goals in 228 La Liga games, a record that Manchester United and its fans would dearly love transferred back to Old Trafford, where the Portuguese worked wonders on a slightly lesser scale until 2009.

The Bernabeu has been filled by jeers in recent weeks as Real Madrid has struggled—the club lies 12 points off Barcelona in the putative La Liga title race—but Zidane tells his players to use them as a positive.

"The jeers, I also got them when I played, we all did. It is not about the player. It is about the fans demanding more from their players. I think [the whistling] is the best thing for the players because it helps them improve," he said.

"In the end, the supporters love their players and that is what matters. Because I continue to always see the stadium filled. That means a lot.

"The fans are very important for us. And the fans know that they are important. When they don't see the things they want they whistle a little. That is part of football. I was a player and you can't make a big deal over that."