Real Madrid Want Gareth Bale to Replace Cristiano Ronaldo, Claims Former Bernabeu President

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Real chief is worried that Portuguese attacker will soon quit the club, according to ex-president.

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Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says that the Spanish giants are trying to sign Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Gareth Bale this summer as a replacement for their own unsettled star Cristiano Ronaldo, reports the Daily Mail.

The Liga outfit are currently in negotiations with the north London club over a reported word-record £87 million deal for their coveted Wales international, with the 24-year-old expected to complete his dream move to the Santiago Bernabeu before the summer transfer window slams shut once and for all for the year on Sept 2.

However Calderon, who himself brought Ronaldo to the Spanish capital from Manchester United in a word-record transfer worth £80m in the summer of 2009, believes that his successor at the White House, Florentino Perez, is using the imminent arrival of Bale as a means of protecting himself in case the Portugal international decides to leaves the club.

“I know that he (Ronaldo) is not happy at all with the attitude and behaviour of the president. He is asking for €20m net every season which is going to be difficult for Real to accept,” Calderon told talkSPORT’s Drive Time show.

“I think the president has all his eggs on the table just in case he can’t get the renewal of Cristiano. That is my impression.

“He’s afraid at some moment that Cristiano will say: ‘I am not going to go on’. That will be bad news for Madrid. I would like to see him retire at Real but now the situation is difficult. Let’s see in the next weeks or months if it can be sorted out and he can stay.”

Ronaldo, whose current contract at Madrid runs out in 2015, has been an absolute goal machine since swapping Manchester for Madrid four years ago, managing to find the back of the net for los Blancos on an incredible 201 occasions in just 199 matches in total in all competitions, including an equally eye-catching 146 strikes in only 135 Liga outings for the club.

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