Chelsea transfers: ‘Ronaldo could follow Mourinho to the Blues’
Chelsea transfers: Ex-Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon reckons Cristiano Ronaldo could follow Jose Mourinho to the Blues
Cristiano Ronaldo could follow Jose Mourinho from Real Madrid to Chelsea, according to former Los Blancos president Ramón Calderón.
The Portugal international’s future in the Spanish capital has been a regular source of speculation in recent months after the forward revealed he was “sad” at Madrid earlier in the season.
Mourinho’s Bernabeu exit was confirmed on Monday night and the 50-year-old is expected to seal a return to Chelsea in the coming weeks after Rafael Benítez’s six-month draws to a close.
Calderón, Madrid president between 2006 and 2009, believes Chelsea and Manchester City are the only English clubs that can afford Ronaldo and wouldn’t be surprised to see the striker follow Mourinho to west London.
“Cristiano Ronaldo said he was sad at the beginning of the season. I think the relationship with the current president is not a good one, maybe because the president doesn’t like the players he inherited,” Calderon told talkSPORT.
“He did the same with Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. It was unbelievable that when he came he decided to give them away. Then, the next season, they were playing in the Champions League, in the Bernabeu, against Real Madrid for their respective new clubs.
“Ronaldo wanted to breach his contract. The truth is he didn’t want to extend his contract and it’s only got two years left [to run]. In the last few years it’s a rule that you have to extend the contract or sell. If not, then the player is worth nothing.
“There are not many teams that could afford to pay him what he deserves and who can pay Real Madrid what they are asking for. There are three clubs – Manchester City, PSG and Chelsea. I don’t think any other club is going to pay that amount of money for a player.”