Perez says he hasn't spoken to Ronaldo about rumors of exit

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

The Real Madrid forward has been linked with a move back to the Premier League club, following the news that he wants to leave Spain.

Real Madrid turned down the opportunity to sign goalkeeper David de Gea from Manchester United last summer, club president Florentino Perez said on Tuesday while playing down the possibility of bidding for the Spain worldwide again.

Perez's first task after being reelected unopposed as Real Madrid president yesterday will be to appease Ronaldo amid speculation the four-time world player of the year wants to leave.

He said that Ronaldo had clearly done nothing wrong and Perez was appalled that the "presumption of innocence is not respected" by the media who have branded the played a delinquent.

Ronaldo is now in Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup, where Portugal got their campaign under way with a 2-2 draw against Mexico on Sunday.

"I have not spoken with Ronaldo". The principle is that, starting from that principle, and Cristiano has always had the will to fulfil because I know him as a person.

Should Ronaldo become available for transfer, there would be interest from Manchester United, his former club, as well as from Paris Saint-Germain and clubs in the Chinese Super League. PSG could make a bid, but it seems like Ronaldo has his heart set on Manchester United.

However, Florentino Perez insists Cristiano Ronaldo is free to leave if a club is ready to pay his 880 million release clause.

Ronaldo was livid over being singled out for disproportionate treatment after the Spanish prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of €14.7m (GBP12.8m).

Perez said he is yet to receive an offer for Ronaldo - or striker Alvaro Morata or midfielder James Rodriguez, both of whom have also been linked with United.

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. "I love Keylor Navas and the truth is that, back in 2015, I didn't know him as I do now".

"The whole thing is very odd because Cristiano Ronaldo is a great guy, both as a player and a person".

"All I can say is that Cristiano Ronaldo has a contract with Madrid".

After ending Real's five-year wait for a LaLiga title last month, he complained of being "treated like a criminal", as Spanish media speculated on tax fraud charges.

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