Despite reports that Cristiano Ronaldo is eager to leave Spain, Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez insists that the club are not considering selling him.
Last week there were numerous reports that Ronaldo is angry about the way he has been treated by Spanish tax authorities and is interested in returning to Manchester United. A tax fraud lawsuit has been filed against the player but Perez has described the entire situation as “very strange”.
Talking to Spanish radio station Onda Cero on Monday he said, “I do not want to draw conclusions. I know Cristiano; he’s a great guy and a professional. All this is very strange. I have not spoken with him since [the Champions League final in] Cardiff. I’ve heard everything through the newspapers. Not I nor anyone at Madrid is contemplating that Cristiano could leave the club. We are very relaxed about this. I have not spoken to any [other clubs]. No one has made us a single offer; not for Cristiano Ronaldo, not for Alvaro Morata, not for James Rodriguez.”
At present Ronaldo is on duty with Portugal at the Confederations cup in Russia and it has been reported that he is fully focused on the tournament.
Proud to represent the National Team
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 14, 2017
Perez said that he will be holding talks with Ronaldo after the tournament and praised the player for his integrity as a player and a person.
“What happened to him has affected his credibility. He will surely tell us and we will see what happens,” Perez said.
Perez said that he isn’t clear on the tax situation and insisted that Ronaldo has always fulfilled his tax obligations.
“He has to fulfil his fiscal obligations, like all. His lawyers have said he has never hidden anything, and I believe in his credibility. If there is no concealment, there is no bad faith, and his lawyers say there has been no concealment so there is no will to cheat.”