Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has insisted that the Cristiano Ronaldo transfer saga was instigated by the player.
Real and Manchester United clashed over the newly crowned European Footballer of the Year, as the Spanish club made the Portuguese winger their number one transfer priority in the summer.
Sir Alex Ferguson and the United board refused to sell Ronaldo and now Calderon insists that Real only pursued Ronaldo after the player indicated he wanted the move.
“We have left that, it has been a very big story which we didn’t provoke,” Calderon told Sky Sports News.
“The player said he wanted to come here, a dream to come to Real Madrid and we received and we were happy to know that.
“After that I talked to Manchester but David Gill was very clear and said they didn’t want to sell at all.
“We want to have a good relation with all the big clubs in Europe and Manchester is one of the best and I like to have a good relationship with them forever, and they said for the moment no.”
Calderon added that he thought the media were to blame for revellin in the protracted saga.
“I know the media in general to give excitement to their readers and listeners and Cristiano Ronaldo is a fantastic player and he has won the golden ball and I congratulate him on that and I wish him the best, anywhere he is going to be in the future,” he added.