Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon refused to be drawn on Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest admission he wants to join the Spanish champions.
Real have often expressed their desire to lure the Manchester United winger to the Bernabeu and despite United insisting he is not for sale, Ronaldo’s declarations following Portugal’s Euro 2008 exit could mean a move is on the cards.
However, while admitting it would be a great coup to land the Portugal star, Calderon insisted the transfer is far from a done deal.
“As we have already said many times, it is a problem between Manchester United and the player,” Calderon told Spanish sports daily AS.
“If the two resolve this situation and Manchester United want to call us, then we will be happy and delighted with them because Cristiano is a great player.
“We can’t say anything more, we only talk about our own footballers and Cristiano is Manchester United’s.”
However, Calderon did admit that Ronaldo’s comments, in which he signalled his intention to “take advantage of a great opportunity”, may have swung the pendulum in Real’s favour.
“If the kid keeps himself in that strong position, the step he has taken could be key,” added the Real chief.
Real are reportedly set to offer United a world record €100m for the player or €80m plus Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder.