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Contrary to numerous reports that Cristiano Ronaldo will demand to leave Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr just six months after joining the club from Manchester United with the aim of returning to European football, CR7 made it clear on Thursday evening that he will continue with the club next season.
The 38-year-old Ronaldo failed to win the title with Al Nassr in his first year in Saudi Arabia, and after the end of the season he gave an interview in the country and stated: "I am happy here, I am happy here and I will continue here next season."
A return to Europe is not on the agenda. Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo by Getty Images, Khalid Alhaj/MB Media)
The striker, who scored 14 goals and cooked two more in 16 league appearances in Saudi Arabia, said: "In my opinion, the league in Saudi Arabia could be one of the top five in the world in five years if Saudi Arabia continues to invest and work as it does now. I hope I can make people happy and I'm happy to be part of your culture and hope I help win trophies. I want to thank you again for your welcome and I will try to do everything in my power to repay you for that during my time here."
On the experience in Saudi Arabia, Ronaldo said: "There is a lot of difference, because in Europe they usually train in the morning and here only in the afternoon or even in the evening - during Ramadan we trained at 22:00 and it's strange, but it's part of the experience. You learn from these things and there's nothing I haven't seen before. The fans in Saudi Arabia really love football and enjoy life, so far I am very satisfied here. I believe next season we will improve - I think the whole team has improved in the last six months, even all the teams in the league."
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