We won’t pay €100m for Ronaldo, Real declare

REAL Madrid president Ramon Calderon has dismissed suggestions the Spanish champions would be willing to spend €100 million on Cristiano Ronaldo.

Speculation has been rife that Madrid would smash their own world-record transfer fee — set when they splashed €58m on Zinedine Zidane in 2001 — by offering Manchester United in the region of €100m for Ronaldo, with Spanish newspaper Marca stating Madrid intend to announce the signing of Ronaldo on July 7.

However, speaking just days after Madrid coach Bernd Schuster urged the club to “pay what is necessary” to take Ronaldo to the Bernabeu, Calderon insists they will not break the bank for any player.

When asked about Ronaldo, Calderon insisted: ‘‘Real Madrid will never pay €100 million for anybody.

“There is no ‘Cristiano Ronaldo case’ because Manchester (United) do not want to sell.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz advised Cristiano Ronaldo to remain at Old Trafford despite the fact his own future with the Red Devils is in some doubt.

Queiroz has urged the Portugal winger to stay at Old Trafford because of the “affection” the club have for him, but has refused to rule himself out of becoming the player’s new national coach following Luiz Felipe Scolari’s decision to join Chelsea.

Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man had been seen as the club’s potential trump card in the battle to retain the 23-year-old services amidst the persistent overtures of Real Madrid.

And although he has waded into the debate over Ronaldo on Manchester United’s behalf, he was notably circumspect about his personal ambitions.

“Manchester United is very special,” Queiroz said. “Because of that we know how to surround Cristiano completely with all the affection and all the attention he deserves.”

On his own future, the 55-year-old former Real Madrid boss added: “I’m not going to tell you whether or not I’m contacted, that way I know for sure that it will be dealt with in due form and in due place.”

Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa would be delighted to see Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo sign for Real Madrid this summer.

“If he leaves, Manchester United would lose the best player in the world,” said Liverpool’s former Madrid youngster Arbeloa.

“I would be delighted if Ronaldo leaves and more so if it is to my former team.”

Arbeloa joined Liverpool last summer from Deportivo La Coruna and has faced the challenging task of marking the 23-year-old.

Ronaldo’s departure would be a blessing for many Premier League defenders, according to the Spain international.

“Let’s hope Real Madrid make an effort,” joked Arbeloa. “For me it would be fantastic, I would thank them.”


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