Former Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze has hit out at Sir Alex Ferguson after the Scotsman stated that Real Madrid had only signed him to help their move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Argentine left Old Trafford in August 2007 and has now made his feelings clear to Radio Marca after Ferguson had stirred up feelings in Spain in recent days by goading his new club over the pursuit of the Portuguese winger.
"It made me sad to hear him say those things,'' he said. ''I do not know if it is true or not, but it is certainly a shame that someone with the experience of Ferguson is capable of saying such stupid things.
"If it was a fan or another player then maybe I could understand it, but someone with his experience doing that is not normal."
Heinze is more surprised by the comments given the standing that Ferguson has in the game, but insists it was not his decision to leave Old Trafford.
He added: "Ferguson is someone that has earned respect both on and off the pitch and for him to say such daft things really is disappointing.
"But the facts speak for themselves. He wanted me to go and now says that he wanted me to stay? I was there for three years and gave everything.
"Besides, I really could not care less what other people say. I value what my team-mates say here far more."
Ferguson initially irritated Real by suggesting that their signing of Heinze in the summer of 2007 was simply the beginning of their bid to take Ronaldo to the Bernabéu.
"I knew their bid was coming," he said in an interview in GQ magazine. "When we sold Gabriel Heinze to Real Madrid we knew it was going to happen because Ronaldo was very close to Heinze. I don't believe they were interested in Heinze - good player though he is. The endgame was to get Ronaldo.
''What made it really obscene was that Madrid, as General Franco's club, had a history of being able to get whomever and whatever they wanted before democracy came to Spain."
Calderón replied by saying "I won't waste time answering him. I admire his history but recently he has gone a bit senile."