Perez wants to build bridges

Manchester United

Florentino Perez has insisted Real Madrid will not risk further aggravating Manchester United over their pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The two clubs became embroiled in a war of words last summer when Real publicly courted the 24-year-old, with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson vowing never to sell “that mob” a “virus”.

Perez, recently returned for a second stint as president at the Bernabeu, has said he would still like to sign world player of the year Ronaldo – but not at the risk of upsetting the Premier League title winners.

“If one day there is a chance of [Ronaldo] playing for Real Madrid, that would be an honour for us,” Perez, who also wants to sign Kaka from AC Milan, told The Times.

“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 continued: “I shall be talking with [United manager Sir Alex] Ferguson and [chief executive] David Gill to build bridges.

“If we sign Kaka from Milan, I can assure you that we will still have a very good relationship with [vice president Adriano] Galliani.”