Cristiano Ronaldo 'is planning to celebrate the New Year' with his kick boxer 'cuddle buddy' whose pictures sparked bizarre claims the pair were in a gay relationship Footballer to return to Morocco to visit Badr Hari, according to local media Ronaldo, 30, has reserved £2,400-a-night suite at luxury hotel in Marrakesh He is set to travel in his £13.5m jet after his side's home match tomorrow Pictures of striker in Hari's arms sparked bizarre claims they were gay See the latest Cristiano Ronaldo news, views and analysis By GERARD COUZENS FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 07:18 EST, 29 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:02 EST, 29 December 2015 Cristiano Ronaldo is preparing to return to Morocco to see in the New Year with his kick boxer friend Badr Hari, according to reports. The pair will party together in Marrakesh in between two matches for Real Madrid. Ronaldo, 30, has reserved a £2,400-a-night suite at luxury hotel The Pearl Marrakech for his whirlwind trip, Arabic-speaking newspaper Ajbar Al Yaum claimed. The footballer is thought to have stayed at the hotel on previous visits to the Moroccan tourist hotspot, including the time he was pictured in Hari's arms in photos which sparked bizarre claims the pair were in a gay relationship. Scroll down for video http://i.***************/i/pix/2015/12/29/12/2FAA1B6B00000578-3377400-image-m-20_1451391370635.jpg +4 'Cuddle buddies': Cristiano Ronaldo is preparing to return to Morocco to see in the New Year with his kick boxer friend Badr Hari. Pictures like the one above, which was accompanied by a caption saying 'Just married. Hahahaha', sparked bizarre claims earlier this month that the pair were in a gay relationship Ronaldo is expected to make the trip in his private jet after his side's home match tomorrow afternoon against Real Sociedad. The Spanish side's following match is away against Valencia on Sunday night. His Real Madrid strike partner Karim Benzema is also said to have accepted an invite to the New Year celebrations in Marrakesh. The bizarre story about Ronaldo being in a gay relationship surfaced after stories emerged in the Spanish press that he was making regular trips to Morocco to see Dutch-born Hari, 31. One said he was using his new private jet, a £13.5million Gulfstream G200, to make daily return trips between Torrejon Air Base near Madrid and Morocco after weekday training sessions. http://i.***************/i/pix/2015/12/04/13/2F0E050400000578-0-image-a-23_1449235098848.jpg +4 This photograph of the two athletes together was captioned: 'Having a great day with my bro @Cristiano' Earlier this month, French TV pundit Daniel Riolo reacted to photos posted on Hari's social media accounts showing him holding Ronaldo in his arms and lazing together by a pool by saying: 'I'm sure flying off to Morocco three or four times a week to see a friend and cuddle with him might have an impact on his performances eventually.' Ronaldo, who split from long-term girlfriend Irina Shayk this time last year, went on to admit 'personal problems' but refused to elaborate on what had affected his performances at the start of the season which is regarded as being one of his worst since he joined Real Madrid.