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May 28, 2008

Calderon: Real not trying to unsettle Ronaldo

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has responded to a angry Manchester United statement by insisting the Primera Liga champions are not trying to unsettle Cristiano Ronaldo. Calderon is adamant his club have acted correctly and said: 'We haven't interfered in Manchester United's contractual agreement with Cristiano Ronaldo. 'It is a shame that Manchester, a club with which we have excellent relations, is annoyed, because Real Madrid have nothing to do with that aspect.' Calderon also claimed Madrid have not been in contact with the player. 'Real Madrid have never negotiated with players under contract and we will not do that, because we wouldn't like it if others did it with our players,' he said. Calderon believes his side's pursuit of Ronaldo has been blown out of proportion by the Spanish and English press. 'The media have fed this problem and we are not going to get into a conflict with Manchester, who are a club we consider to be our friend, and one with which we hope to continue enjoying a good relationship,' added Calderon, who revealed he hopes to speak to United chief executive David Gill to clear up the matter. 'I am going to personally speak with David Gill because I want to clear this up with him and assure him that we are not going to influence any player to break a contractual relationship. 'There is no `Ronaldo case' and I regret, in the name of Real Madrid, any discomfort this may have caused. 'Our posture in this case is the same as the rest of the teams when there are players under contract.' However, the 57-year-old did not rule out signing the United forward at some point in the future. 'If the team decides to sell the player, that's another thing,' he said. 'What is occurring is a problem between the player and his team.'

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