Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has rejected the assertion that Cristiano Ronaldo is unsettled following the departures of Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso, insisting there have been ‘zero disagreements’ with the player.
Ronaldo appeared to criticise Real Madrid’s decision to allow Di Maria and Alonso to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, claiming he would have taken a different approach were he in charge of the club’s transfer dealings.
This has led to inevitable speculation that Ronaldo could leave Madrid, particularly after stating that he maintains a desire to eventually return to Manchester United, but Perez has moved to dispel concern that the Portugal captain could depart.
“There are zero disagreements,” Perez said, as reported by Goal.com.
“I know Cristiano very well. Besides being the world’s best, his loyalty is unquestionable.
“Cristiano didn’t question the club’s policies or ambitions.”
The sales of both Di Maria and Alonso were prompted by the summer acquisitions of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, arriving at a combined cost of around £90 million, but Perez claims he had hoped to keep both players.
Di Maria deal
It may well all be guff and bluster from Perez, but he suggests he was prepared to make Di Maria the second highest earner at the club, behind only Ronaldo, but it was a proposal the Argentina international rejected.
Manchester United, though, offered Di Maria the salary he desired, while also providing him the status in the team that would not have been guaranteed for him in Madrid.
This all comes at a rather eye-watering price for Manchester United. It has been reported that the total cost of the deal will be around €160 million, taking into account the club record transfer fee and his wages over the duration of a five-year contract.
Di Maria has also, of course, been handed the most iconic of shirts at his new club - the No.7 previously worn by Ronaldo - and the importance of which has been reinforced by his former Los Blancos colleague.