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Ronaldo: I hope Pellegrini stays at Real Madrid

April 22, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has praised manager Manuel Pellegrini, claiming that he hopes the Chilean will stay at the club for another two to three seasons.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Valencia
GettyImagesCristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Valencia

Ronaldo had been in the news of late discussing the managerial position at the Bernabeu, with Jose Mourinho and Fabio Capello firmly in the frame to replace Pellegrini if Real do not overcome Barcelona to win the Spanish league.

However, the £80 million midfielder maintained that it was a coach's approach to the beautiful game that wins him over, not their status.

"I am going to be sincere," Ronaldo told AS. "I like coaches with winning mentalities, but it is with Pellegrini that I find myself most happy. I hope he stays for two or three more years. The other coaches do not concern me."

Ronaldo also said that he was still confident of Los Merengues winning the La Liga title.

"We have gotten better over the past two weeks and everything is possible. We are only one point off the leaders,'' he said. ''I am confident that we will win our last five matches and be proclaimed champions. We are focused and our priority is to win. If we do, we will celebrate very well."

Ronaldo also shot down the notion that he only plays for himself, having come in for some criticism since making the move to the Bernabeu this summer.

"For me, the most important thing of all is the team, although I respect every person,'' he said. ''The individual aspects are secondary. If the team wins, I am happy."