Cristiano Ronaldo to Chelsea could be on - according to ex-Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon.
Ronaldo has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, four years on from his record £80 million switch from Manchester United.
The Portuguese superstar revealed he was 'sad' at the Bernabeu last September'and the fact he has hinted that he won't sign a new contract to extend his deal beyond it's current end date of 2015 has put his future further in doubt.
Former club Manchester United have been reportedly eyeing up a bid to take Ronaldo back to Old Trafford in the summer, while Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in the 27-year-old.
Calderon, the man behind Ronaldo's move to Madrid in 2009, believes Ronaldo's discontent stems from an uneasy relationship with current president Florentino Perez, and says Chelsea are one of just three clubs able to make a move for the forward - a list that doesn't include Manchester United.
“Cristiano Ronaldo said he was sad at the beginning of the season. I think the relationship with the current president is not a good one, maybe because the president doesn’t like the players he inherited," he told TalkSPORT.
"He did the same with Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. It was unbelievable that when he came he decided to give them away. Then, the next season, they were playing in the Champions League, in the Bernabeu, against Real Madrid for their respective new clubs.
“Ronaldo wanted to breach his contract. The truth is he didn’t want to extend his contract and it’s only got two years left [to run].
In the last few years it’s a rule that you have to extend the contract or sell. If not, then the player is worth nothing.
He added: “There are not many teams that could afford to pay him what he deserves and who can pay Real Madrid what they are asking for. There are three clubs - Manchester City, PSG and Chelsea.
I don’t think any other club is going to pay that amount of money for a player.
“They [Real] are going to negotiate the contract now and they will make a decision. It’s something we will know in a few weeks.
“The president doesn’t need to keep Cristiano Ronaldo to be re-elected because no-one else is in the running.
“In a different world he would have agreed a deal [privately] to let him leave next summer, then said to the fans that he [Ronaldo] was going to extend his contract. Then they would have an agreement to leave the club when someone has the money.”
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