REAL MADRID

Florentino Pérez: "Cristiano Ronaldo won't return to Real Madrid"

"I love Sergio Ramos, but we are in a very bad situation. We have to be realistic. We are all in a very bad situation right now," he told El Chiringuito.

Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid, was on Spanish TV show El Chiringuito to speak for the first time after the announcement of a breakaway European Super League. The new chairman of the Super League also discussed the current ongoings at Real Madrid.

On signing Kylian Mbappé

We are here to talk about the Super League. In eight years' time, I'll be talking about something else. Look, I'm wearing a mask and I hear "sign Mbappé". What do I say? Don't worry... The truth is that he is a very good player. Madrid need a change. I'm not talking about Mbappé. But we have won many things, many things have happened. I have not spoken to him... At least today. It was a joke. I can assure you that I haven't spoken to him for years. I only know what I read in the newspapers.

Signings at Real Madrid

I'm doing everything I can so that Madrid doesn't lose its rightful place. The madridistas know that. But the truth is that we had to bring in €900 million and it's going to be €600 million. Although Madrid was also broke when I arrived.

On a Cristiano Ronaldo return

Will Cristiano come back? No. He has a contract with Juventus. But it doesn't make sense for him to return. I love him very much, he has given us a lot.

On Sergio Ramos' future

I also love him very much, but we are in a very bad situation. We have to be realistic. We are all in a very bad situation right now. I have not said that Ramos will not continue. We are thinking about the end of this season, then we will see what happens next season. Many things can happen. First we are going to finish this season. We are talking to many players and many are voluntarily lowering their salaries. Some have already lowered their salaries, specifically the two who have left, Jovic and Odegaard. Ramos last year accepted. This year he is in a different situation.

Zinedine Zidane

The best coach we've ever had. A legend. He has a personality that is almost like mine, he can't stand press conferences. He doesn't say anything, but he's happy.

On Lionel Messi's future

I'd like him to stay.... He is a great player. The Madrid-Barça phenomenon is a luxury that we only have here, millions of people watch it. When City and United get together, for example, that doesn't happen.

On a LaLiga meeting without Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético

No idea? I have no idea. They will want to talk to the others about the Super League? I don't know. I would like there to be a lot of transparency.