Former United winger threatened by Bale pursuit.
A source close to Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo has told the London Evening Standard that he is unhappy with the club’s pursuit of Tottenham star Gareth Bale this summer.
The Spanish giants have made several offers of over £80million for the Welshman, and could still go higher for their number one transfer target before the close of the transfer window.
Ronaldo himself was an £80million purchase for the club when he joined from Manchester United in 2009, and admitted at the time that he relished becoming the most expensive player of all time.
However, with Bale likely to break that record now, Ronaldo is apparently feeling under-appreciated at the Bernabeu, and is stalling on signing a new contract with the club.
“He feels the club should have handled better the entire operation, especially with the figures that have been leaked to the media about Bale’s proposed transfer fee and [£8 million] salary,” a source close to the player is quoted as saying.
Ronaldo himself has not sounded too enthusiastic on the proposed move for Bale, saying he feels the team’s current squad is good enough when quizzed on the matter last week.
“I’m not qualified to talk about new players, but I’m very happy with the players the team already has,” he said.
“In terms of the transfer fee, you should speak to the coach [Carlo Ancelotti] and president [Florentino Perez] about that.
“I have my opinion, but I’m not going to reveal it in front of the cameras. I have my opinion about Bale, but I will not go public with it. These kind of issues are not my responsibility. I do not talk about new signings or player issues.”
Since becoming unsettled in Spain, Ronaldo has been linked several times with a sensational return to Manchester United.