Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has described the speculation over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future as “very strange” – and insists there are no plans to sell the superstar forward.
Reigning Ballon d’Or and Best FIFA Men’s Player award winner Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Manchester United having been “outraged” by what he feels is unfair treatment by Spanish tax authorities, making him determined to leave the country.
The 32-year-old only signed a new deal with Real in November and is under contract until 2021, though his unhappiness has caused an issue for Perez as he begins his new term as the head of the European and Spanish champions.
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.
But in a later interview with radio station Onda Cero he revealed he had plans to talk to the Portuguese once the Confederations Cup is finished.
In quotes carried on Marca’s website, Perez said: “I have not spoken to him. I’ve heard about the Cristiano situation from what newspapers have written.
“I know Cristiano, he’s a good guy as a professional and as a person.
“I want to talk with him. I have a good relationship with him after working together for eight years. I will talk with him when the Confederations Cup has finished.
“I’m not contemplating that Cristiano will leave. Right now he is a Madrid player. Something very odd will have to happen for him to go. And I’m not contemplating that, especially without speaking with him.”
Ronaldo is understood to feel he has been singled out for disproportionate treatment after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of 14.7million euros (£12.8m).
“I must defend him at all costs, both as a player and as a person,” said Perez. “What I will say is that everyone must fulfil their tax obligations. I have no doubt that Cristiano will be able to defend himself.
“What they have told me is that he has the same financial arrangements as he had in England, where he had no problems.”
Free-spending Paris St Germain have also been linked with a move for Ronaldo but it is United who look to be at the front of the queue for a player Bayern Munich have denied interest in, with Jose Mourinho’s men reported to be preparing a record bid to bring the forward back to Old Trafford.
Perez, though, insists Real have yet to receive any offers for Ronaldo – or for his fellow forwards Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez, who have both been heavily linked with moves away from the Bernabeu this summer.
“I’ve not spoken with Nasser (Al-Khelaifi, PSG president) or with anybody, we’ve not received offers for him (Ronaldo), Morata or James.
“And neither have we made any offers for anybody.”