Perez rubbishes talk of Manchester United deal for Morata

Ross Houston
June 20, 2017

- Reuters picMADRID, June 20 ― There has been no interest from any club in Real Madrid's star player Cristiano Ronaldo, who has threatened to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities, according to club president Florentino Perez.

And, speaking about the reports for the first time since they emerged, Florentino Perez told Spanish radio station, Onda Cero: "I haven't spoken to Cristiano since the Champions League final - I heard the rumours through the media. We have not had an offer for Cristiano.the Sheikh at Paris Saint-Germain is a friend of mine and he hasn't called me nor have we talked".

The forward, with the Portugal squad in Russian Federation, signed a new five-year contract in November 2016, but has been linked with a return to Manchester United.

Asked about potential clubs Ronaldo could join, Perez said: "I'm not contemplating Ronaldo leaving". Cristiano is a good guy - I have to talk to him and see what happens. There is nothing Real Madrid have to do now.

Zinedine Zidane has told Cristiano Ronaldo that his Real Madrid side strongly depends on his "competitive spirt" after it was revealed that the Portuguese will leave the Bernabeu this summer.

The 70-year-old Perez, who ran unopposed, was reelected for a fifth four-year mandate at the Spanish powerhouse.

The 32-year-old was named man of the match but did not attend the post-match press conference as required, perhaps wary of the questions that would follow.

"It was not the result we wanted, the team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minutes, but this is football", he said.

"We are calm and we have to think about the next game".

Ronaldo, Portugal's all-time leading scorer, is the latest in a long line of soccer players in Spain - among them Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Neymar - to be caught up in cases over tax or transfers.

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