Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Cristiano Ronaldo is disillusioned with life at the Bernabeu because of his strained relationship with Florentino Perez, whose transfer policy has left the Portuguese superstar fed up. Ronaldo has been strongly linked with a return to England in recent days, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all reportedly keen.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT, Calderon said: “My impression is he is fed up with the policy of the current president.
“When he came [to Real Madrid] with [Arjen] Robben he thought he would be a good colleague for him in the team [but then he was sold].
“Two years ago it was [Gonzalo] Higuain sold and he didn’t like that. Last year he thought it was a mistake to let [Mesut] Ozil leave and the last straw was selling Xabi Alonso and Angel di Maria this summer.”
Ronaldo keen to leave Real Madrid?
This adds further weight to reports that Ronaldo is keen to leave the Bernabeu - either in January or next summer - and would consider a return to England.
Manchester United are believed to be lining up a huge offer to re-sign their former number seven, and Calderon - who brought Ronaldo to Real Madrid five years ago - thinks it's possible that the Portugal captain will return to Old Trafford.
“When I signed him in 2008, I remember he said he was grateful to Manchester United," the ex-Los Blancos president added. "He had a marvellous time there, he likes everything. It is a really great club."
Ronaldo contracted to Real Madrid until 2018
Ronaldo signed a new five-year contract extension last year - taking his wages to an astronomical £290,000-a-week - and looked happy to spend the rest of his career at the Bernabeu.
He scored his 256th goal for Real Madrid on Saturday night against Atletico Madrid - but the European champions were beaten 2-1, at the Bernabeu, by their cross-city rivals.
Real Madrid struggling in La Liga
That was Real Madrid's second successive La Liga defeat, following their 4-2 loss to Real Sociedad before the international break, and Carlo Ancelotti's men already find themselves four points behind the current Spanish champions and six points behind fierce rivals Barcelona.
James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos - the two players who replaced Di Maria and Alonso this summer - are still settling in to their new surroundings and there's a good chance that Real Madrid will end the season without a major trophy, judging by their dismal start to the new campaign.
What's clear is that Ronaldo, despite the fact he turns 30 in February, will have no shortage of takers if he decides to leave Real Madrid.
Chelsea and Manchester City would both dearly love to sign him - and reports suggest he might be tempted - but United, because of their connection with the player, are currently the overwhelming favourites to secure his services.
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