Calderón On Ronaldo, Robinho, Villa And Cazorla
Ramón Calderón has revealed that Robinho was never going to be sold if Cristiano Ronaldo joined the club, that he could have signed Kaká and that Real Madrid chose not to sign David Villa and Santi Cazorla.
In a question and answer session in Marca, Los Merengues’ president opened up about the club’s summer transfer activity and gave his side to all the reports and rumours.
Madrid were foiled in their quest to sign Ronaldo and then saw both Villa and Cazorla sign new contracts with Valencia and Villarreal respectively rather than join Madrid.
“I spoke to (Manchester United director) David Gill and he always said that the club did not want to sell ( Ronaldo),” Calderón explained. “I asked him about it, obviously, because I thought we could do something.“
“It was the same with (Villarreal president) Fernando Roig when I asked about Santi Cazorla. He said no and that was that.”
“With Cazorla, we could have signed him if we had wanted to, but we did not want to pay his buy-out clause five days before the transfer window closes.”
“That was why we did not sign him, although Villarreal have seen things differently.”
“In the case of Villa they offered him to us for EUR80m and he was never part of our plans for thatamount.I do not understand why that turned out like that.”
Calderón then explained that he felt Madrid had the chance to finally sign Kaká, one of the player’s he promised in his election mandate, but was told not to make a bid.
“It did not appear that Kaká’s position needed strengthening, according to the coaches. I did not enter into it,” he continued.
“I have to say that it was a possibility to sign Kaká this summer, but I was told that we did not need him now.”
“He may have cost EUR100m, but I do not think that would have been the price. But those in charge told me not to look into it.“
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