Tuesday 16 January 2018

'I have to talk to Cristiano' - Real Madrid President Florentino Perez makes a vow over Ronaldo's future

Cristiano Ronaldo has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club this summer. Photo: Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club this summer. Photo: Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Real Madrid President Florentio Perez has vowed to resolve the dispute that inspired Cristiano Ronaldo to confirm he wanted to leave the reigning European champions this summer.

Speaking to Onda Cero and MARCA, Perez used the interview to make his re-election as the club's President to break his silence on the stories that Ronaldo has asked to be allowed to quit Real Madrid.

Perez confirmed that Ronaldo is furious after being charged with a €14.7m tax fraud by Spanish authorities, as he gave the clearest public indication yet that the stories that have dominated the football agenda in recent days are accuarte.

Yet Perez insisted no club had made an offer to sign Ronaldo in recent days, as he suggested he will speak to the 32-year-old superstar in a bid to ensure he remains at Real Madrid.

"I have to talk to Cristiano. Ronaldo is Real Madrid player and will continue to be," declared Perez, who confirmed he has not spoken to the player since the Champions League final in Cardiff on June 3rd.

Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked a lavish move to sign Ronaldo in recent days, yet some reports have claimed that the player will remain at Real Madrid if the club help him to resolve his tax problems.

Perez gave a strong hint that he will make moves to placate his star player, as he offered this defence of the Portuguese international.

"I know Cristiano, he's a good guy as a professional and as a person," he continued. "This is very strange and in the next few days I'll talk to him.

" I have to make a defense at all costs as a player and as a person. know well. What I will say is that all must fulfill our obligations, but I have no doubt in Cristiano. I will defend it as a footballer and as a person.

"Jorge Mendes (Ronaldo's agent) told me that Cristiano was angry about how he had treated the media, but we must always look for a solution for everything.

"I try to solve the problems, those of Cristiano and those of many others. Cristiano is not a business, it is history of Real Madrid."

Meanwhile, Perez hinted his club may make a move to sign Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappé this summer, as he suggested 'all the best players come to Real Madrid'.


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