He always told me he is at ease in Real Madrid.
The reigning Ballon d’Or and Best FIFA Men’s Player award victor is believed to feel singled out for disproportionate treatment after Spanish prosecutors accused him of evading tax of 14.7million euros (£12.8m).
For all the words written and spoken about the four-time Champions League victor, the only people who really know are Ronaldo himself and long-time adviser Jorge Mendes.
The 70-year-old construction magnate’s third term in charge of Europe’s most successful club spanning 15 years ― 2000-2006 and since 2009 ― will be rubber stamped at a ceremony at the Santiago Bernabeu later Monday. “(The media) say things about me without knowing the truth”, he said.
The forward had helped United win three Premier League titles and the Champions League in his six years at the club, and had also won the Ballon d’Or.
“I’m sure Cristiano wouldn’t want us to pay his fine if there was one as he’s not like that”.
Ronaldo is in Russian Federation competing for the European champions in the Confederations Cup.
De Gea is said to be keen on a return to Madrid, but the speculation has waned and Perez’s admission that he is happy with his options at the La Liga club look like meaning a move this summer is unlikely.
Perez was asked about his star’s situation after being re-elected as president unopposed on Monday. I have found everything out through the newspapers. What people can not do is talk about him like he is a delinquent, that bothers me and is hurtful.
File: Real Madrid and Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) poses on stage with his trophy next to Real Madrid President Florentino Perez following The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 ceremony.
In quotes carried on Marca’s website, Perez said: “I have not spoken to him. All this is very odd”, Perez told the Spanish radio station Onda Cero, as quoted by Sky Sports.
Perez’s expensive and ambitious “Galacticos” project, which later brought the likes of Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, now Real’s manager, England’s David Beckham and Brazil’s Ronaldo to the club, had initial success but ended with the team floundering on the pitch, prompting his resignation in February 2006.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris St Germain are all circling in the hope that they could snap him up.