On Friday it was revealed the Portugal star has informed the La Liga club he wishes to leave Spain amid his allegations of tax fraud. “Knowing those around him, and how professional they are, I’m positive that Cristiano is innocent”.
When speaking publicly on Monday, having run unopposed to return as president for the next four years, Perez did not reference Ronaldo when discussing the current state of Los Blancos.
The Spain global nearly joined Madrid in 2015 until the blockbuster transfer collapsed and he continues to be linked with a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu, but Perez insisted the capital club are happy with Navas.
The rumour mills are on full swing and the biggest news seems to be about none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 70-year-old construction magnate’s third term in charge of Europe’s most successful club spanning 15 years – 2000-2006 and since 2009 – will be rubber stamped at a ceremony at the Santiago Bernabeu later Monday.
The frenzy of speculation began soon after Ronaldo was accused last week of a €14.7 million tax evasion through offshore companies.
Ronaldo was a world-record signing of intent from United after Perez returned as president eight years ago, the forward being part of a £225million summer spending spree that also saw the likes of Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso move to Real.
Ronaldo is now on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation which ends on July 2.
Made his debut in the first team in an pre-season friendly against Real Madrid.
Apparently though Lopez found that Madrid, who want £79million for the player are not only in no hurry, but the Ronaldo situation has further muddied the waters. Manchester United is reportedly one of the teams he’d like to join – or rejoin.