Free-spending PSG have also been linked with a move for Madrid’s disgruntled star, who only signed a new five-year contract in November, while Bayern Munich have announced they are not interested. “That’s why I will speak with him when he gets back and see what’s up”, Perez told Spanish radio Onda Cero late Monday. I will talk with him when the Confederations Cup has finished.
“I do not want to draw conclusions”.
In quotes carried on Marca’s website, Perez said: “I have not spoken to him”. “The point now is whether he really has made a decision to leave”.
“We are used to a lot of speculation about possible comings and goings during the transfer period”, said Rummenigge in a club statement with the headline “Hoax of the Day for the Ronaldo rumours”. We have to keep him.
Ronaldo’s inability to leave a mark on the game in other ways other than scoring has hurt his team at times, especially in the Spanish league.
The Portuguese international’s future has been a topic for serious debate over the past week, as it was widely speculated that he wants out of Madrid after being accused of tax fraud and not receiving enough support from the club. The Real Madrid ace denies all the charges and the paper says that the Portugal worldwide has been “angered and saddened by the claim and the reporting of it in Spain“.
Yet United are not expecting to add one of the greatest players of all-time to their squad this summer, with Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic still the club’s top transfer priorities at this point. The buy-out clause is €1bn, which is obviously unachievable, but a world-record bid of €150m (£131m) may be forthcoming.
In 2009, Perez – then in his second spell at the club – signed Ronaldo for Real for a then world-record fee of £80m.
The Portuguese global, who lifted the Champions League for a second season on the bounce earlier this month, scored 118 goals in 291 appearances for the Red Devils, winning three Premier League titles, two League Cups, an FA Cup and the Champions League, as well as the first of his Ballon d’Or’s.
Ronaldo has scored 406 goals in 394 appearances for the Spanish club.
Only two weeks ago, he helped Real win their 12th European Cup, scoring twice in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff.