Florentino Perez speaks out on Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid future amid Man Utd links
Real Madrid value Cristiano Ronaldo at £1bn, according to the club’s president (Picture: Getty)

Florentino Perez has broken his silence after Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly told Real Madrid he wanted to leave the club.

The Portugal superstar is said to be unhappy in Spain after allegations surfaced that he had committed tax fraud.

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Perez, speaking in an interview to mark his re-election as Real president, backed Ronaldo to clear his name and insisted he remains a Madrid player.

‘Cristiano has a contract and he is a Real Madrid player,’ Perez told Onda Cero.

‘I have not talked with Cristiano but they tell me has been treated badly in this country. I have found everything out through the newspapers.

Florentino Perez speaks out on Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid future amid Man Utd links
Florentino Perez backed Ronaldo to clear his name of tax offences (Picture: Getty)

‘The last time that I talked with Cristiano was in Cardiff, after the game. What happened with the tax authorities was after the game.

‘Life throws up unexpected situations but one has to take them on and find a solution.’

Amid uncertainty over Ronaldo’s future, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are said to be exploring the possibility of landing his signature.

Florentino Perez speaks out on Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid future amid Man Utd links
Perez was speaking after being re-elected as president of Real (Picture: Getty)

But Perez, 70, insisted there have been no formal approaches for Ronaldo, who he claims is valued at £1bn.

‘The clause for Cristiano is £1bn. We have not had an offer for Cristiano,’ he said. ‘The Sheikh at PSG is a friend of mine and he hasn’t called me nor have we talked.

‘This is all very strange. Cristiano is a good guy, I will have to talk with Cristiano and see what’s happening.’

Perez added: ‘I will always defend Cristiano as a person and as a footballer. He’s a very good person.

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Florentino Perez speaks out on Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid future amid Man Utd links
Ronaldo has been linked with a return to former club Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

‘Cristiano definitely didn’t want us to pay his fine – he isn’t like that.

‘I’m sure that Cristiano meets all his tax requirements, it must be a confusion that will be cleared up. Cristiano is not angry about who has to pay his fine.

‘The only thing I know is that Cristiano is very angry with the treatment he has received in the press.’

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