Reacting to reports that Milan had offered £4 million for the Dutchman, a senior Real director told Marca: "Van Nistelrooy is not for sale and whoever wants sign him will have to pay his buyout clause (£100 million).

"Why are we going to release him if we've just renewed his contract? I'm sure that next season he will again be one of the best goleadores. We rely on him and he is very important for us."