The Portuguese legend himself completed an infamous switch from the Nou Camp to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2000 when Real met his £37million release clause.
He said: “We are in a free market. If there is a termination clause, anything can happen.
“[For me] the first reason was the recognition by the president of Real Madrid.
“So things were getting more serious and I received the offer and I reported it [to Barcelona] with a view to improving my contract."