Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Real Madrid president downplays Ronaldo's exit talk


He's immersed in the Confederations Cup [with Portugal] at the moment, which is an important competition, and for the moment there's nothing until that ends.

Ronaldo is reportedly considering quitting Real after being accused of tax evasion totalling 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) by Spanish authorities.

Florentino Perez has stressed Cristiano Ronaldo will only leave Real Madrid if a club matches his EUR1billion buyout clause and has slammed those who have called the Portugal global "a delinquent" following his tax issues.

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Perez's first task after being reelected unopposed as Real Madrid president on Monday will be to appease Ronaldo amid speculation the four-time world player of the year wants to leave. All this is very odd. Surely we are watching him.

He said that Ronaldo had clearly done nothing wrong and Perez was appalled that the "presumption of innocence is not respected" by the media who have branded the played a delinquent. We have not had an offer for Cristiano. the Sheikh at PSG is a friend of mine and he hasn't called me nor have we talked.

The latest reports have claimed that De Gea could be used in a mega-money deal that would see Alvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford.

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"Not I nor anyone at Madrid is contemplating that Cristiano could leave the club".

Insisting that everyone must comply with their tax obligations, the Madrid president remained hopeful that Ronaldo would will meet his tax requirements and that all the confusion would be cleared up soon. "This is very odd and in the next few days I'll talk to him. And we have not sent any offers for any players, either". Cristiano is not angry about who has to pay his fine.

"I know Cristiano and he's a good guy, not just with the ball, but as a person".

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"I do not know his tax situation very well".

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