Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes his side’s hopes of wresting Ronaldo away from United rest on what the player himself wants.
United have steadfastly insisted Ronaldo is going nowhere, but Calderon feels that the final decision will ultimately come down to the player.
“The players play where they want. If a player decides to leave he is unstoppable, slavery was abolished a long time ago, nobody can prevent a player from moving,” Calderon was quoted as telling Punto Radio.
“If the player is firm in his decision there is no one who can hold him back.”
He added: “I have always said that if Manchester want to sell him, we will ask about him, and if he wants to come and we can pay what they ask.”
United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz, however, claims Ronaldo has no intention of leaving.
“Without doubt he is going to continue in Manchester. He is very happy with us, he has a contract and there is no fear that he will leave,” Queiroz, the former Real Madrid coach, said on Canal Plus.