Ramon Calderon: ‘Real Madrid planned to sign Neymar’

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes the club only allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to leave as they believed they would sign Neymar.

Calderon enjoyed a three-year stint at the club between spells of current incumbent Florentino Perez and was credited with the signing of Portuguese forward Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009.

“Cristiano wanted a wage rise after winning the Champions League,” Calderon told Radio Villa Trinidad, as cited by ESPN.

“However, Florentino refused. Ronaldo was also angry as Real were willing to spend big to land Neymar.

“Florentino told him that if somebody offered €100 million, that he could go. That is what happened.”

Ronaldo signed for Juventus in a €100m deal last summer while Neymar has remained at Paris Saint-Germain.

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