Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon appears to have cooled his side's chances of persuading Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo to move to the Bernabeu this summer.
The Portugal international has said he will confirm his future plans later this week amid frenzied speculation linking the side from the Spanish capital with the 23-year-old.
However, United have insisted that Ronaldo will not be sold this summer and have threatened to go to FIFA over Real's public pursuit of their player.
Calderon now appears to be back-tracking, telling Marca: "We would like to have a player like Cristiano, but if he does not sign for us then it would not be a major problem.
"The club has said that they do not want to sell him and we cannot keep going back.
"One has to know when to stop these things in order to avoid the frustration that the fans could feel.
"His club have to want to and if they want to negotiate with Madrid or any other club then they will."