Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed he "can't say what he thinks" about Real Madrid's summer transfer moves but hinted he was unhappy at the way the club have reshaped their squad.
Xabi Alonso, Angel Di Maria, Diego Lopez and Alvaro Morata have all left the Bernabeu, while Monday saw the reigning European champions make their fourth major signing with Javier Hernandez joining recent arrivals Keylor Navas, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.
Fifa Ballon d’Or and Goal 50 winner Ronaldo certainly didn’t offer a glowing endorsement to the club’s activity in the current transfer window which closes tonight.
"I have my strong opinions, but I can’t always say what I think. Otherwise, tomorrow it would be on the front pages and I don’t want that,” he told the press at a media event for watchmaker Tag Heuer.
“But if the president thinks the best for the team is to sign players who joined and leave out others, we must respect and support his decisions.”
The 29-year-old Portugal international admitted the changes in personnel would inevitably result in a change in the team’s style - while the losses of Di Maria and Alonso, cornerstones of the club's Decima success last term to Manchester United and Bayern Munich respectively, would be keenly felt.
“With all the new players the style will change, for better or worse” he said.
“Di Maria and Xabi were very important to us but now they are gone and we should be happy with the new players. I'm sure we'll be fine.”
Ronaldo is currently recovering from a knee injury that saw him sit out his side’s surprise 4-2 defeat to Real Sociedad at the weekend, but says he expects to back within a week.
“Yesterday I went for a run. I'm sure in a week I'll be back one hundred percent,” he said, before warning his team-mates they cannot repeat the complacent performance that saw them lose a two-goal lead on Sunday.
“It was a strange game, we were 2-0 up after minutes, but then things changed. We have taken it as a lesson that we cannot think a match is already won. We must fight to the end.”