Florentino Perez Opens Up on Cristiano Ronaldo, Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 15:  President Florentino Perez attends the media after Cristiano Ronaldo«s Signing Contract Renewal For Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 15, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has insisted he and Cristiano Ronaldo remain on good terms despite the Portuguese star seemingly criticising the club's summer transfer policy.

The 29-year-old appeared to question Perez's wisdom in letting the likes of Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso go during the summer transfer window, per ESPN's Dermot Corrigan:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Ronaldo today on Madrid's summer business: "I dont want to say what I think, but if I was in charge, maybe I would do things differently."

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Ronaldo: "If [Florentino] thinks best thing team is sign these players & let go those who left then we must respect & support decision"

Despite these comments, Perez insists his relationship with Ronaldo is a good one, per J.I. Garcia-Ochoa of Marca:

He's the best player in the world and his loyalty to Real Madrid is unquestionable. I've listened to the full interview and since I know him, I know he wasn't undermining the club. We have a fantastic relationship and there is no quarrel with him.

As Sky Sports News HQ reports, Ronaldo recently hinted he might one day wish to return to former club Manchester United, although Perez's comments will likely reassure Real fans that Ronaldo's future is at Madrid:

Sky Sports News @SkySportsNews

Cristiano Ronaldo plans return to Manchester United. For more read here: http://t.co/xjEHzbnRTW #SSNHQ http://t.co/9m4aG0f9an

One potential Madrid player who has been lost to Old Trafford is Radamel Falcao, who was widely reported to be of interest to Los Blancos, per 101 Great Goals:

101 Great Goals @102greatgoals

Real Madrid President Perez meets with Jorge Mendes to discuss Radamel Falcao [AS] http://t.co/p2Jjwuf1l0 http://t.co/aVkZZECVGe

However, Perez revealed on Friday that the reason the transfer was not pushed through is because manager Carlo Ancelotti was not supportive of the idea, per the Marca piece:

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Falcao of Monaco in action during the Emirates Cup match between Valencia and AS Monaco at the Emirates Stadium on August 2, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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"We considered bringing Falcao on board, but we decided against it. The coach's opinion on the matter was an important factor in this decision," Perez said.

Ancelotti's reservations about Falcao may have been concerned with what effect he would have on the already potent attacking trio of Gareth Bale, Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, per Goal.com's Ben Hayward:

Ben Hayward @bghayward

Ancelotti sees Ronaldo and Bale as Madrid's main goalscorers. Benzema plays principally for those two; Falcao wouldn't have done. #GoalTZ

While Real have brought in back-up in the strike department in the shape of Javier Hernandez from United, the Mexican's presence is less likely to disturb the established order.

Continuing the United-Madrid theme, Perez also discussed the sale of Di Maria, who was arguably Real's second best player last season behind Ronaldo and was man of the match in the victorious Champions League final.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30:  Angel Di Maria of Manchester United shows his emotions during the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor on August 30, 2014 in Burnley, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Imag
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

His sale for £59.7 million to the Old Trafford outfit is likely one of the questionable moves to which Ronaldo was referring in his critique of the president's policies.

However, Perez insists it was Di Maria's decision alone to leave the Bernabeu. He was not forced out or deemed surplus to requirements; in fact, Perez says Di Maria turned down a huge contract offer, per Barcelona-based football journalist Richard Martin:

Richard Martin @Rich9908

Florentino: "Di Maria would have been the highest earner at Real Madrid apart from Cristiano, but he didn't accept."

If that is indeed the case then there is seemingly little Madrid could have been done to keep Di Maria in Madrid.

Furthermore, with the addition of James Rodriguez, Perez may well have brought in a player who can cover the loss of the Argentinian, as other new recruit Toni Kroos may also be able to do in place of Xabi Alonso.

Despite the departures of these key players and not signing Falcao, Madrid still look to be a supreme force who have the personnel to compete for both the Champions League and La Liga.

If Real can win one, or even both of those titles, no one will be questioning Perez's policies come next May.


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