Real Madrid have just got rid of their 10th manager in 10 years and are currently fifth in the table. Their president, Ramon Calderon, obviously wishes they had managed to lure Cristiano Ronaldo, as maybe now their situation may not be so dire. With former United striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy, suffering from what could potentially be a career ending injury, Real are in trouble.

So, what better time to start mouthing off about failed transfer attempts than now? Forget all their actual problems, let’s just talking about Ronaldo instead. Nice one, Ramon.

“We have left that, it has been a very big story, which we didn’t provoke,” said Calderon. “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 [United] but [chief executive] David Gill was very clear and said they did not want to sell at all. We want to have a good relation with all the big clubs in Europe and Manchester [United] is one of the best and I would like to have a good relationship with them forever, and they said for the moment no. I know the media in general like 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 – regardless of where he is going to be in the future.”