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Karanka urges Ronaldo to commit

9 May 2013 03:40

Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka says Cristiano Ronaldo would be best served by re-signing with the Spanish giants.

Ronaldo's contract expires in 2015 and there has been speculation this season the 28-year-old has become disillusioned with life at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and could seek a move away.

But, speaking after Real's 6-2 thumping of Malaga on Wednesday, Karanka said the Portuguese star - who notched up his 200th Real Madrid goal in the win - should commit to the club long-term.

"Cristiano is a high-level player and I think his contract extension would be ideal for both, player and Real Madrid," Karanka said.

"They can grow together. Real Madrid is the ideal place for him."

Goals from Ronaldo, Albiol, Mesut Oezil, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Angel di Maria powered the win, but much of the talk after the match was about Jose Mourinho's decision to drop Pepe.

Pepe and Mourinho became embroiled in a war of words last week after the Portuguese coach said he wished he had signed goalkeeper Diego Lopez earlier, prompting a riposte from Pepe, who felt the comment was disrespectful to club captain Iker Casillas.

But Karanka downplayed Pepe's omission from the squad.

"The only thing that has happened for Pepe is that Rafa (Varane) is having a great performance," he said.

"What I don't get is that you all (the media) were pointing at Pepe and saying that he didn't deserve to be playing in this team and now everything is support for him.

"I keep thinking Pepe is a first-class player, nothing's changed my mind about it."

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6 - 2

Competition
Primera División
Date
8 May 2013
Game week
36
Kick-off
21:30
Half-time
4 - 2
Full-time
6 - 2
Venue
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Attendance
60000

Goals

Albiol 3'
(assist by L. Modrić) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
15' R. Santa Cruz
 (assist by D. Lugano)
Cristiano Ronaldo 26'
(assist by Xabi Alonso) 
2 - 1
M. Özil 33'
(assist by Cristiano Ronaldo) 
3 - 1
3 - 2
36' Antunes
 (assist by Portillo)
K. Benzema 45'+1
(assist by Cristiano Ronaldo) 
4 - 2
L. Modrić 63'
(assist by K. Benzema) 
5 - 2
Á. di María 90'+1
(assist by Fabinho) 
6 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
25
18 3'
5
27
2
14
19 63'
15
10 33'
7 22' 26' 80'
9 45+1'
Coach: José Mourinho
# Player Bookings
13
5 45+1' 73'
4
25 36'
21 21'
18 73'
6
22
24 15' 25'
10
19
Coach: M. Pellegrini

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
22 90+1'
20
33
1
8
11
21
# Player Bookings
16 80'
1
23
7
9
11
17

Tuesday 16 September

19:46
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02:53
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Monday 15 September

23:54
23:22
23:10
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22:42
22:03
21:59
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20:33
20:05
19:32
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16:51
16:29
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15:49
15:23
14:53
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10:51
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10:17
09:58
09:51
09:39
09:38
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07:07
07:03
05:59
05:01
04:45
04:03
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03:03
02:54
01:31
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Sunday 14 September

23:56
23:33
23:30
23:28
23:13
22:46
22:30
22:20
22:09
21:43
21:35
21:02
20:55
20:54
20:42
20:25
20:17
19:57
19:06
19:01
18:49
18:34
18:13
17:41
17:33
17:28
16:57
16:31
16:24
16:06
15:37
14:50
14:15
13:35
13:27
13:24
12:51
11:44
11:14
10:24
10:19
07:22
07:19
05:28
04:15
04:01
02:05
00:30
00:07

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
11 3 -2 4
12 3 +0 3
13 3 -1 3
14 3 -1 3
15 3 -3 3

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