Cristiano Ronaldo is warming to the idea of new contract talks at Real Madrid. Real directors met with Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, last week to test the ground and came away encouraged that Ronaldo is now prepared to discuss extending his stay with the Spanish giants.

Punto Pelota says the greater respect Real teammates are showing Ronaldo in the locker room is having a big influence, where Sergio Ramos, particularly, is listening to the former Manchester United star more.

Real do not want to unsettle Ronaldo with plenty of the season to run, but there are outlines of a new three-year contract to be offered to his camp at the end of June.