Spanish giants Real Madrid are in a stiff struggle to change Cristiano Ronaldo’s mind on the off chance that he wants to leave and Manchester United is a possible destination for the forward, according to Ramon Calderon.
Two weeks subsequent to helping the Los Blancos to retain their Champions League crown, Madrid were shaken on Friday when reports in Portugal – since backed up to different outlets by sources close to the 32-year-old – claimed Ronaldo no longer wants to play in Spain in the midst of the current investigation and scrutiny over tax fraud.
Ronaldo’s representatives have unequivocally denied an allegation that the forward conceal earnings and defrauded the Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7million. Madrid has expressed “full confidence” in Ronaldo and believe he will be proven honest of any wrongdoing, but regardless the Portugal international is guaranteed to have made an “irreversible decision” to leave Santiago Bernabeu.
In spite of Ronaldo’s relationship with Old Trafford manager Jose Mourinho not being impeccable amid his countryman’s three years in charge at Madrid, former Bernabeu president Calderon believes a reunion with his former club could be on the cards.
“I think it is very difficult [to change his mind], Calderon said to BBC Sport.
“I had the same situation with Manchester United when he wanted to leave and I signed him. He said, ‘I want to leave’ and that was that.
“The same year I had the problem with Robinho and he wanted to leave. As a president, you can’t do anything other than let him go and get the best deal possible.
“I hope he hasn’t decided to leave but if he has already made his mind up, it will be difficult to change the situation.
“Very few clubs can meet his expectations. Not because they can’t pay the money but because they need to offer him the possibility of winning titles and personal awards.”
On Mourinho, Calderon included: “The relationship in Madrid wasn’t the best but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t like to backpedal to Manchester where he is extremely thankful of what happened.
“He deferred his move to Madrid for a year in light of the fact that Alex Ferguson resembled a father to him. He adored the club, the fans, the city and I don’t rule a move back.”
Ronaldo has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Calderon thinks a lucrative move outside of Europe is impossible at this phase of his career.
“I am certain he will remain in Europe,” he said.
“I don’t see him playing in China or the Middle East. He is not that kind of player. He has three or four more years to be a top, best player and he might want to continue winning titles, anyplace he goes.”