The Perez interview
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s anticipated interview with Onda Cero addressed a few questions that transfer gossip columnists have been dying to know the answers to. Mainly about Cristiano Ronaldo.
But also Alvaro Morata.
Both players have been linked with moves away from the Bernabeu. The latter seems likelier but the bombardment of stories claiming Ronaldo is desperate for a move are almost convincing.
First, the Ronaldo issue
Perez confirmed that Ronaldo was very angry about the tax allegations he faced. However, Perez insists that Ronaldo’s anger is not aimed at the club but at the media. It is the media who have blown this issue out of proportion.
He also said: “We haven’t spoken because we were on the deadline for [presidential] nominations and I wanted to be respectful, but I am convinced we will talk and we will solve it.
“Cristiano has a contract and he is a Real Madrid player.
“I have always said I have great affection for Cristiano. He is one of those players who stands out, and whenever there has been a problem we have solved it.
“Cristiano is playing the Confederations Cup. We will wait until the tournament ends and then we will see the extent of everything that has been written. I am sure it will work out fine.”
Marca are set to publish an exclusive interview with Perez on Tuesday. Their tease to promote it was this quote: “Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player and will continue to be.” That seems pretty straight forward.
Thats that. From listening to the Pérez interview this is all just a stunt to get Ronaldo to avoid the tax penalty. He’s not going to leave.
— United Report (@ManUtdReport_) June 19, 2017
So it looks as though United will have to make do with Morata. Hang on.
‘No bids for Morata’
Perez went on to say that Madrid hadn’t received any bids for Ronaldo, Morata or James Rodriguez.
This goes against reports claiming that United have been negotiating with Madrid for several weeks. Is Perez refusing to discuss United’s interest until they meet their valuation of the player? Maybe.
He continued: “No one at the club wants Morata to leave and I haven’t heard the player asking to leave.”
This might worry United fans but it should be noted that Perez didn’t directly say that Morata wasn’t for sale. Plus, he hasn’t got an amazing track record when it comes to telling the truth. Ask Rafa Benitez.