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Behave and you get a deal, Ron
Cristiano Ronaldo will get a pay rise - if he proves his loyalty to Manchester United. Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes met Red Devils chiefs yesterday to discuss the possibility of a new deal. But United made it clear they will not upgrade Ronnie’s £120,000-per-week contract unless he demonstrates his desire to stay at Old Trafford - and that means all talk of a move to Real Madrid is banned. But the Portugal winger can expect a new mega-bucks deal at the end of this season if he behaves himself and continues to play well. The Premier League champs do not want to put themselves in a position where any top player who is targeted by another club will expect a new deal. That is why Ronaldo has been told he must wait and show his worth in the meantime.
Ian McGarry, The Sun
The Daily Mirror also tip Ronaldo for an upgraded contract, but claim that the Portuguese winger is pushing for £170,000 per week.
While Ronaldo is allegedly in line for a new deal, The Sun casts doubt over the future of club captain Gary Neville. The 33-year-old is in the final year of his contract, and is yet to be offered an extension, according to Neil Custis.
Rafael Benitez has sought to quell Merseyside giddyness. Liverpool are currently joint top of the Premier League, eight points ahead of United, but the Spaniard says: “When the gap is 20 points, then I will relax."