Cristiano Ronaldo nutmegs Real Madrid teammate in training

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane boss claims Cristiano Ronaldo will retire at the Spanish capital club.

The Portuguese striker Ronaldo, who received his fifth Ballon d'Or recently, was rumoured to leave the Champions League winners after the current campaign. However, the Los Blancos bossbacked the forward to continue with his current employers.

"I think he's going to finish his career here; he's happy at Real Madrid, he's at the best club in the world and there's no doubt," commented Zidane.

Zidane also confirmed that Gareth Bale will miss Saturday's league game at home to Sevilla, but was optimistic the injury-prone forward would soon be available.

"The plan is for him to be with us at the Club World Cup, and we'll see if he can play the first game," he said, adding that the club would appeal against the decision taken by UEFA to give defender Dani Carvajal a game's suspension for deliberately time wasting in order to force a yellow card away to APOEL Nicosia with the aim of going into the knockout stage of the Champions League free of cards.

"It wasn't his intention. We're going to appeal and hopefully, they'll take the match away. It wouldn't be fair to us," he said.

(With inputs from IANS)