Cristiano Ronaldo: Former Real Madrid President Hints at Chelsea Move

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterMay 22, 2013

According to the headline attached to a talkSPORT exclusive interview with former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon, superstar Cristiano Ronaldo "could follow Jose Mourinho to Chelsea."

Don't buy it. That's not exactly what Calderon said.

The headline reads nicely, of course, and it must be driving Chelsea fans wild with excitement. The arrivals of Mourinho and Ronaldo this summer, coupled with an already talented squad, would probably make the Blues the undisputed favorites for next season's Premier League title. In fact, they might also make Chelsea a leading contender for the Champions League.

But upon further inspection, it's also a stretch. One only has to hear Calderon's words to recognize as much.

What's more, it's not official that Mourinho will rejoin Chelsea this summer. Speculation is widespread, but as of now there is nothing certain to report.

Instead, it's only that—speculation. With that in mind, let's examine what Calderon really said. For Calderon's full comments in context, be sure to listen to the audio clip in addition to reading the article.

First, Calderon talks about Ronaldo's announcement early in the season that he was sad. According to Calderon, this likely had to do with Ronaldo's relationship with current president Florentino Perez and his contention that Ronaldo wanted to "breach" his contract.

Then, when asked where Ronaldo would go if he leaves Real Madrid, Calderon limited his response to three clubs he said would be able to afford the superstar. On the audio version of the interview, a host can be heard prodding Calderon about following Mourinho to Chelsea.

Calderon said:

There are not many teams that could afford to pay him what he deserves and who can pay Real Madrid what they are asking for. There are three clubs—Manchester City, PSG and Chelsea. I don’t think any other club is going to pay that amount of money for a player.

Next, Calderon was asked whether Ronaldo could leave Real this summer. "It's something we will know in a few weeks," he said.

There you have it. Calderon, like the rest of us, is uncertain about Ronaldo's future. Chelsea could indeed be a potential destination, but all Calderon really said is that the Blues are one of only a few clubs that could afford the Portuguese superstar.

Even that, though, could be read as good news for Chelsea fans.