Calderon gets Real-istic

Madrid supremo not prepared to upset United hierarchy

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon insists his club would never risk their relationship with Manchester United by trying to unsettle Cristiano Ronaldo.

The transfer saga of the summer to date has seen Madrid continually speak of a desire to tempt the Portuguese winger to the Spanish capital.

Calderon has made secret of his admiration for a player who has failed to convincingly express his commitment to life at Old Trafford, since the speculation started after United's UEFA Champions League glory in Moscow.

Sir Alex Ferguson, United chief executive David Gill and club owners, the Glazer family, have been united in their stance that no offer from Madrid would tempt them into parting company with Ronaldo.

And now Calderon, who only earlier this week stated his belief that Real could afford the player, has conceded that while Ronaldo is under contract, his signature remains an impossibility.

He told Marca: "(Ronaldo) is an impossible signing because his club don't want to sell him. We can't do anything if the club that owns him don't want to sell.

"We would never (approach a player under contract) as this is not the policy of Real Madrid, and especially not with a club who we are such good friends with."