Ramon Calderon Refuses To Give Up

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Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has reiterated his desire to sign Cristiano Ronaldo but has said that the club are merely interested spectators in a dispute between the player and Manchester United.

Of course we want Cristiano given the quality he has,” Calderon said in an interview with Spanish sports daily AS on Wednesday.

But there is a contractual problem which the player and Manchester have to resolve and not us…The thing is the player has said publicly that his dream is to play for Madrid “

“I heard those words with pride and satisfaction, but Cristiano’s departure does not depend only on him.”

“It has not been us who have built up or knocked down this signing. Madrid are just spectators in this comedy.”

Calderon said the Spanish champions would have no problem in meeting the cost of signing Ronaldo. “We are in a very healthy financial position and we can carry out anoperationof this nature without it affecting us.”

“We don’t want to appear like the wealthy who want to spend money just to show off, but we would do this deal on the basis that it could be profitable…”

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has stated categorically that Ronaldo will not be leaving the Premier League club.

Calderon said that a failure to sign the Portugal international would not disrupt the club’s planning for next season and added that they