Perez says he hasn't spoken to Ronaldo about rumors of exit

"The only thing I can say is Cristiano Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player", said Perez, who was re-elected on Monday.

Perez's expensive and ambitious "Galacticos" project, which later brought the likes of Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, now Real's manager, England's David Beckham and Brazil's Ronaldo to the club, had initial success but ended with the team floundering on the pitch, prompting his resignation in February 2006.

Upon hearing the news, the Real boss reportedly immediately phoned his player, who is now with Portugal at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, to discover the real reasons behind his decision to make his intentions public.

Ronaldo was a world-record signing of intent from United after Perez returned as president eight years ago, the forward being part of a £225million summer spending spree that also saw the likes of Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso move to Real.

In an earlier report Marca said Ronaldo has told his teammates he was leaving and "there is no turning back".

"I'm sure he will speak to us about what has happened (with the tax case), which has obviously affected his credibility, and we'll see what happens".

Cristiano Ronaldo is now playing with Portugal in the Confederations Cup but the transfer rumors continue to swirl of a possible departure from Real Madrid.

"Nobody at Real Madrid is contemplating that Cristiano will go", Perez told Spanish radio station Onda Cero, as quoted in The Times. We have not received any offer for Cristiano, nor for [Álvaro] Morata [the striker wanted by United] or James [Rodríguez].

Since extending his contract in November until 2021, Ronaldo is according to Forbes the highest paid sports star in the world with $93 million (83m euro) in 2016-2017.

Some have suggested he could land with French club Paris Saint-Germain, which would put him at No. 15, behind Lionel Messi and just ahead of Eli Manning.

"As a rule, we do not comment on these rumours".

Replying to the rumours, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: 'We are accustomed to speculating intensively on possible ins and outs during the transfer period. He scored 42 goals in all competitions and played a key role in helping his club win the Champions League and the La Liga.

  • Leroy Wright