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Ronaldo can't get better than 'best in the world' Real Madrid, says Arbeloa amid transfer talk logo 29-06-2017

Cristiano Ronaldo can still be convinced to remain at Real Madrid, according to former team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa.

Madrid were stunned recently amid reports that Ronaldo wanted to quit the Santiago Bernabeu due to his unhappiness at scrutiny of his tax affairs in Spain.

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Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have been credited as reported interested parties in signing the 32-year-old, but Arbeloa is hopeful that Madrid's standing in global football will convince Ronaldo to remain.

Arbeloa told Onda Cero: "I'm convinced that he'll stay at Real Madrid: he's a winner, and he knows that they're the best team in the world. He's the most talented player I've ever played with."

World Cup and European Championship-winning right-back Arbeloa has retired from football after a frustrating season at West Ham, where he made just four appearances.

"I'm not retiring from football in the manner I'd have liked to; I'd have liked to hang up my boots in the way Xabi Alonso did, for example," he added.

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"I had offers in China, the United States... But I didn't want play [just] for the money; it's football that doesn't appeal to me.

"I'll remain connected to football, because it's what I love, although I don't know if I want to be a coach. If Real Madrid need me I'm here. But I'm not in a rush. I'm here to help in any way."

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