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Florentino: Real Madrid rate Man Utd relationship ahead of Ronaldo deal

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists he would put the relationship with Manchester United and the new board ahead of signing Cristiano Ronaldo. "From what I hear, there is an agreement between the player and his club," Pérez told The Times.

If one day there is a chance of him playing for Real Madrid, that would be an honour for us. But if I had to choose between the friendship with Manchester United and the signing of Ronaldo, I would choose the friendship. Plus, I have never said that Cristiano will arrive in June.

"That is an arrogant and false statement."

He also declared: "I shall be talking with [Sir Alex] Ferguson [the United manager] and David Gill [the chief executive] to build bridges.

"If we sign Kaká from Milan, I can assure you that we will still have a very good relationship with [Adriano] Galliani [the vice-president].

"Of course, we want the best players to join us here - but only if their club wants to sell them. Ask Gill, David Dein [the former Arsenal vice-chairman], Roman Abramovich [the Chelsea owner] . . . I have an excellent relationship with them and it is essential to me that continues. I represent a club where elegance and gentlemanliness has been always our flag.

"Ronaldo or whoever will come if their club want to sell. To force through a situation is very bad for our image. If someone has acted in that way at some point, I offer my apologies and can assure you that it will not happen again."

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