Real Madrid have confirmed their interest in signing Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo is in discussions with United about renewing his contract, which runs until 2010, and says he is happy to stay at Old Trafford for “many years”.
Real president Ramon Calderon told a Spanish TV station: “We really like him but he belongs to Manchester United and they have to decide to sell him first.
“If that is the case then we’ll be first in the queue.”
Calderon, also hopes to buy Brazilian midfielder Kaka from Milan, but admitted that Real would not pay the £54m price tag reputedly placed on Ronaldo.
“I don’t think any player, even someone with Cristiano Ronaldo’s quality, is worth that money, but we are definitely interested if Manchester United want to sell him,” he reiterated.
“I would love to see both Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo play for Real Madrid next season, but it won’t be easy. Any big club would have this sort of objective and Real Madrid is a big club.”
Ronaldo, 22, has been arguably the outstanding performer in the Premiership this season, scoring 16 goals in the Premiership.
“It is a good sign to know I have so many clubs interested in me, such as Real Madrid,” he said. “It means that I am valued.
“But I am very happy where I am and I hope to stay at Manchester United for many years.”
United want the player to sign a new deal, which will keep him at the club until 2012.
“I have a good contract, in financial terms, but what really matters to me is to show my best form,” he added.