Ronaldo agrees new Real deal

MADRID - Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a contract extension with Real Madrid, the La Liga club said on Sunday.

Spanish media reported Ronaldo's new deal extends his contract by three years to 2018 and lifts his net annual salary to €17m (£14.24m).

The deal would appear Manchester United fans' hopes that Ronaldo may return to Old Trafford in the future.

Ronaldo joined Real from Manchester United in 2009 for what was then a world record fee of €94m.

The 28-year-old has scored 203 goals in 203 official games for the Spanish giants, helping them to a La Liga title in the 2011-12 season and a King's Cup triumph in 2011 but falling short in the Champions League. He scored on Saturday night in the draw against Villarreal.

Real broke the transfer record again earlier this month when they signed the Wales winger Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for €100m.

Meanwhile, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed world record signing Bale's attitude after the Welshman scored on his debut in the Spanish giants' 2-2 draw with Villarreal.

Bale levelled for Real with a simple finish from close range just before halftime to cancel out Cani's opener for the hosts.

The 24-year-old was withdrawn by Ancelotti along with fellow debutant Asier Illarramendi on the hour mark due to their lack of match fitness.

Cristiano Ronaldo then briefly put Real ahead before Giovani Dos Santos, like Bale a former Tottenham player, struck 21 minutes from time to ensure the spoils were shared.

Ancelotti was happy with the contribution of his new players against a confident Villarreal side.

"I think they did well. I didn't want to run the risk of playing them for 90 minutes because it is not good for them in their first game for a while," he said.

"I think Bale is happy because he has scored for the first time with Real Madrid which is very important for him. It was a difficult game for all of us but he played well and showed a good attitude."

As Ancelotti had indicated in his pre-match press conference, Bale lined up on the right side of the attack with Ronaldo featuring mainly down the left. – Agencies

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