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Calderon defends Madrid after Man U complaint to FIFA over Ronaldo; doubts winger will move

Calderon defends Madrid after Man U complaint to FIFA over Ronaldo; doubts winger will move

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has defended his club's repeated attempts to lure Cristiano Ronaldo, while doubting the Portugal winger will leave Manchester United.
Calderon judged it "an impossible operation" to sign Ronaldo to the Spanish champion.
United lodged an official complaint with soccer's governing body FIFA on Monday over Madrid's behavior.
In reply, Calderon said Tuesday that Madrid had not done anything wrong in expressing interest in Ronaldo who is currently playing for Portugal in the European Championship.
"We have done nothing irregular," Calderon said of Madrid's tactics. "We have neither interfered nor are we going to do so."
Calderon added that it was Ronaldo who said he might want to leave United.
"The player seems to have the intention of not wanting to continue with Manchester United," Calderon told journalists.
Madrid is reportedly willing to pay a world-record transfer fee for Ronaldo, who last season helped United win the Premier League and Champions League.
Ronaldo scored 42 goals for United last season and was voted the league's player of the year.
Calderon criticized United coach Alex Ferguson for recent comments aimed at Madrid.
"To talk about the Franco era ... wasn't very fortunate in his choice of words," Calderon said.
Madrid has no intention of selling Brazil striker Robinho to raise cash, Calderon added, and said there was no interest in signing FC Barcelona players Samuel Eto'o or Ronaldinho.
Also, Calderon said Bernd Schuster would remain as coach next season.
"We got that decision right," the Madrid president said, "You should have seen the mood there used to be in the dressing room and the one we have now."
Calderon said Madrid increased its income 25 percent to euro360 million (US$568 million) and its net profit was euro40 million (US$63 million), with overall debt at euro212 million (US$335 million).


Updated : 2021-08-06 11:28 GMT+08:00