Calderon cools Ronaldo row
Thursday, 29 May 2008

Real president says Spanish giants won't interfere

Sky Sports

Ramon Calderon has stressed Real Madrid do not want to start a conflict with Manchester United regarding their interest in Cristiano Ronaldo.

United have threatened to report the Spanish champions to Fifa after releasing a statement critical of Real's recent behaviour.

The European champions claim Real's pursuit of Ronaldo is 'totally unacceptable' and they will no longer tolerate 'public attempts to unsettle the player'.

Real president Calderon has tried to cool the row after insisting the club respect United's decision not to sell the Portugal winger.

Calderon has moved to reassure the Red Devils that Real will not try to sweet-talk Ronaldo into leaving Old Trafford over the summer.

Annoyed

"We have not interfered with Manchester United's contract agreement with Cristiano Ronaldo," Calderon told Sky Sports News.

"We're sorry that Manchester United - a club with which we have an excellent relationship - is annoyed with us because Real Madrid have nothing to do with that aspect.

"I want to clear this up with him and assure him we are not going to influence any player to break a contractual relationship.

"We are not going to start a conflict.

"If a club doesn't want to sell a player, why would we insist that they do sell him?"

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