Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has insisted the club never targeted Portuguese ace Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, reports ESPN.
Ronaldo, who had been linked with a move to the Ligue 1 new-boys, has now signed a new deal to keep him at the Bernabeu outfit and Vasilyev has suggested that, despite being close friends with the star, the club were never in the running to sign him.
Speaking to L'Equipe, the club's vice-president said: "I know him well. He dedicated a jersey to me when I was sick in the spring. But we didn’t discuss a transfer because Cristiano is a Real Madrid player.
Vasilyev has instead insisted that the club's main target was Colombian hit-man Radamel Falcao, who they went on to sign from Atletico Madrid for £51 million and he suggested that it would have been impossible to bring Ronaldo and Falcao to the club at the same time.
He continued by saying: "At the time, he was negotiating a new contract and we were after Falcao. We can’t buy Falcao and Cristiano -- you have to remain humble.
"I would like to have Cristiano but we’ve spent a lot of money and we’ll invest less in the future.
"We can’t continue at that pace and we want to bring through some young players from our training centre, which is one of the best in France."
Monaco, without the signing of Ronaldo, have started the Ligue 1 season in fine form with four wins in their opening five games.