Former Real Madrid chief Ramon Calderon believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is frustrated following the departure of Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso and might look for a move away from Madrid in the coming transfer window.
Ronaldo has been extremely vocal on Real Madrid’s transfer policy and has always let his opinions known to the President. He was recently embroiled in a war of words with Florentino Perez over the sale of close friend Di Maria and publicly criticised Perez’s summer policy including new recruits Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez. However Ronaldo was forced to bite his tongue and subsequently issued a ‘public clarification’, indicating his complete support for the President.
However former Real Madrid chief, Ramon Calderon, who brought Ronaldo from the shores of England, believes that the Portuguese international is ‘frustrated’ due to the departure of his close friends and will be looking for a move away from Santiago Bernabeu.
“My impression is he is fed up with the policy of the current president.”
Ramon went on to cite the departure of players like Robben, Higuain, Di Maria, Ozil and Alonso as the reason behind Ronaldo’s frustration at Real Madrid.
“When he came with Robben, he thought he would be a good colleague for him in the team. Higuain was sold and he didn’t like that. Last year he thought it was a mistake to let [Mesut] Ozil leave and the last straw was selling Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria this summer.”
Ramon believes that Manchester United is a likely destination for Cristiano Ronaldo, explaining that the player was always grateful to his former club and has always expressed a desire to return to Old Trafford.
“When I signed him in 2009, I remember he said he was grateful to Manchester United. He had a marvellous time there, he likes everything. It is a really great club.”
THT Verdict: According to news reports, Manchester United will have to meet Ronaldo’s £500,000-a-week demand if he is to stage a heroic comeback. But soon to turn 30, it is highly doubtful if United will look to make such a huge investment on a player who is clearly on the wane. Ronaldo has spent his best years at Santiago Bernabeu and is not a good investment to make at this stage in his career.