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Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale. That is the definitive message coming from Real Madrid's board of directors. There is no risk of losing the Portuguese star, despite the financial power of Paris Saint-Germain. Madrid are not worried or concerned by the comments made to Canal+France by Sheikh Suad Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, general secretary of Qatar's Olympic Committee and right hand band of the PSG owner, who said:
"Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho are targets for Paris Saint-Germain. In sport you need to be motivated and seek out the best for your club. The right investments should be made, at the right time. Our goal is to win the Champions League. I don't think it is difficult, we are one of the best clubs in France and we hope to make ourselves the best club in Europe and also the world".
Madrid's directors are convinced that Cristiano will remain at the Santiago Bernabéu for many years to come. Despite the fact that PSG talk of Mourinho and Cristiano as their top targets, the future of the forward and the coach are not linked.
Each individual will follow their own path independently of the other. Despite sharing the same agent, the Portuguese Jorge Mendes, their careers will be negotiated separately. Cristiano signed for Madrid because he wanted to play for the biggest club in the world, not because of José Mourinho, who took the Bernabéu hotseat a year later.
If any club, be it PSG or anyone else, wants to sign Ronaldo, they will have to pay 1 billion euros to actívate his release clause, not a euro less. Madrid will not negotiate a reduced fee with any club.
Cristiano's contract with Real Madrid expires on 30 June 2015. When he signed in 2009, he became the highest paid footballer in the world, earning 10 million euros per year after tax.
But now his salary is not so high in comparison with other elite footballers, and does not even figure in the top five.
Madrid have eased the player's worries and informed him his salary will be improved. Both parties will sit down and negotiate an improved contract and a three year extension, keeping him at the club until 2018.
Cristiano wants to stay and the club's directors will do all they can to increase his salary to what they consider to be a fair amount.
The club were hoping to offer him an improved contract earlier, as they expected Kaká, who earns 9 million euros per year after tax, to leave Madrid last summer.
The legacy of the 'Beckham Law'
Madrid will have to pay an extra 25% to guarantee Cristiano his salary, as they will no longer have the advantages of the 'Beckham Law', under which Cristiano's first deal was agreed. The so-called Beckham law was approved by parliament in 2004 and allowed foreign employees in Spain to be subject to different tax laws to residents, meaning they paid a maximum of 24% tax for their first six years in the country. It was an ideal situation for footballers, but the law was modified in 2010. However, as Cristiano signed for Madrid in September 2009, his first contract was subject to the Beckham Law, and he currently pays 24,75% tax. Once his new deal is agreed, he will have to pay 52% tax, meaning that if Madrid are to offer him a net salary of 14 million euros per season, they will have to pay more than 28 million euros. Madrid are now preparing their accounts to give Cristiano a deal that corresponds with his value to the club.