Reports in today’s Corriere dello Sport claim that Ronaldo
will extend his contract with Milan before the beginning of February.
El Fenomeno joined the Rossoneri in January of 2007 from Real Madrid and had
a fine end to the Serie A season.
However the striker had a completely disastrous start to this campaign, making
only one appearance before Christmas due to injury.
This led to strong reports that Ronaldo, whose contract with the club runs out
in June, would be allowed to leave, with Flamengo heavily touted as a possible
However the 31-year-old has now returned to fitness and has impressed in his two
games in 2008, scoring twice against Napoli and hitting the post last Sunday
As a result the ‘Corriere’ claims that Milan will now offer him a contract
extension until 2009, with a further, later option until 2010.
Ronaldo will probably keep roughly the same wage and he will also retain 100 per
cent of his lucrative image rights.
The ex-PSV star is likely to be rested during tonight’s Serie A clash at
Atalanta, with Sunday’s substitute goal-hero Alberto Gilardino taking his place
alongside Alexandre Pato and Kaka.
“Ronaldo and Pato are both very fresh. But it’s most likely that Ronaldo will be
rested as he is 31-years-old and he has been out of action for six months. He’s
still not 100 per cent but he is returning to match fitness,” Milan boss Carlo
Ancelotti said in yesterday’s press conference.