Real won't break bank for Ron

24 June 2008 07:12
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has denied reports that he is willing to pay £80million to land Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United. The Spanish giants remain in the hunt for Ronaldo despite an adamant United warning that the Portugal international winger is not for sale at any price. That has led to suggestions that Real will shatter their own world-record transfer fee paid of almost £50million when they signed Zinedine Zidane in 2001 by offering €100million for last season's 42-goal top-scorer. However despite coach Bernd Schuster urging the club to pay what is necessary to land the 23-year-old, Calderon has warned he will not break the bank to land any one player. "There is no case for Ronaldo as Manchester United don't want to sell him," he said. "And, in any case, Real Madrid will not pay €100million for any player. "We are proud by what certain player's have said with regards to coming to Madrid, but like I said before, we respect the club's desires and in this case, Manchester United's."

Source: ESA