Chelsea in pole position to land £80m Ronaldo after former Real president Calderon dismisses United return
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has raised the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo following Jose Mourinho to Chelsea… after dismissing Manchester United’s chances of re-signing the Portuguese star.
Ronaldo, aged 27, is at the centre of a £80m bidding war after growing disillusioned with life in the Spanish capital.
When asked whether the Portugal flyer was happy at Real Madrid, Calderon told talkSPORT: ‘Ronaldo said he was sad at the beginning of the season. I think the relationship with the current president is not a good one, maybe because the president doesn’t like the players he inherited.
‘They [Real] are going to negotiate the contract now and they will make a decision. It’s something we will know in a few weeks
United have first option to sign Ronaldo if Real decide to sell and the Portugal star favours a return to Old Trafford.
But Mourinho, with whom he has worked at the Bernabeu for the past three years, has added him to his list of premium targets.
Wayne Rooney, who would prefer to move to Chelsea, and Napoli striker Edinson Cavani are also wanted by Mourinho.
On the list: Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (left) and Napoli’s Edinson Cavani are also wanted by Mourinho
Although Mourinho is unlikely to be able to persuade all three forwards to move to Chelsea, the club intend to move swiftly this summer.
Mourinho’s relationship with Ronaldo was under scrutiny last weekend when the forward appeared to shout ‘**** you’ at his coach after scoring his 200th goal for Real.
Ronaldo spoke in Portuguese when he pointed to the Real club badge and shouted ‘I’m here, I’m here’ in front of Mourinho as the coach prepares to quit Spain after three years in charge of the world’s biggest football club.