Real rule out summer Stevie swoop

13 July 2010 08:23
Real Madrid have ruled out a move for Steven Gerrard due to his age and valuation, according to their transfer consultant Ernesto Bronzetti.[LNB] Jose Mourinho's appointment as Real coach earlier in the summer prompted speculation the Spanish giants would launch a bid for Gerrard.[LNB]Former Chelsea manager Mourinho tried to sign Gerrard during his time in charge at Stamford Bridge, but appears unlikely to make a renewed effort to work with the England midfielder.[LNB]Gerrard's future at Anfield had been the source of debate following the club's failure to qualify for the Champions League next season and the departure of Rafa Benitez.[LNB]However, Bronzetti has revealed that Real president Florentino Perez is not keen to add Gerrard to his squad for next season, with a hefty price tag one reason behind the reluctance to make a bid.[LNB]"Kaka will stay at Real, but the president does not agree with Gerrard because he is 30 and Perez doesn't want to know," Bronzetti told GR Parlamento.[LNB]"Plus, Liverpool asked for 70million euros [£58million]."[LNB]Bronzetti revealed Mourinho is keen to sign a player in the mould of Gerrard after ruling out an offer for Inter Milan full-back Maicon.[LNB]He added: "Mourinho is convinced to leave Sergio Ramos on the right and now he wants a central defender or midfielder like Gerrard. [LNB]"Real did not make an offer for Maicon, there was a request of 35m euros £29million] from Inter."

Source: Team_Talk