Real Madrid are reportedly set to demand £17m in compensation from Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese forward refused to demand a transfer from Manchester United.
Ronaldo’s announcement last week that he would be remaining at Old Trafford heaped embarrassment on the Spanish giants and their president Ramon Calderon following their summer-long pursuit of the forward.
According to the News of the World, Madrid are adamant that ‘they agreed personal terms with the Manchester United star at the start of the summer and insisted on the compensation clause if the transfer was not completed.
‘Spanish media sources, who have become Madrid’s unofficial mouthpiece during the Ronaldo negotiations, are reporting that Real president Ramon Calderon is determined to press ahead with the claim.
‘Calderon might be prepared to waive compensation if he gets a guaranteed assurance from Ronaldo that he will join them next summer.’
However, that claim is contradicted by the Sunday Express which says that, such is Madrid’s anger at being rebuffed, Ronaldo may never be allowed to fulfil his boyhood dream of moving to the Bernabeu.
If this is true then presumably Real’s claim of not ‘tapping-up’ Ronaldo looks a little silly.