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Calderon: Bale Arrival Would Quell Ronaldo Fears

  • ESPN FC, Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:54 PM

Former Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon claims that the club’s determination to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham is driven by the La Liga giant’s fear that star player Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the Bernabeu. Florentino Perez, Calderon’s successor as club president, has publicly stated on numerous occasions that Ronaldo will retire at the club, but the Portugal captain has yet to sign an extension to his current contract, which expires at the end of the 2014/15 season, despite having been offered one.

"I think [Perez] has put all he has on the table (for Bale) just in case he cannot get the renewal of Cristiano," Calderon told talkSPORT. “What we know is he [Ronaldo] is not happy at all with the attitude and behavior of the president. At the start of last season, he tried to talk to the president about the renewal of his contract and the talks did not go well. Now I understand he is asking for €20 million ($26.5 million) net every season. That is going to be difficult for Real Madrid to accept because it is around €40 million ($53 million) every year for the club to pay ..."

Regardless of what Ronaldo decides to do, Calderon believes Bale will join Real this summer. "At first, the Spurs president (Daniel Levy) was angry because you don’t want to lose a player like that, but when Bale says he wants to leave, you have to accept it," he said. “I think this is very good news for Real Madrid, but I think it is good for Tottenham too because they will get a lot of money,” he said.

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