Cristiano Ronaldo has launched a thinly veiled attack on the club’s hierarchy over the outgoings at Los Blancos this summer.
Xabi Alonso and Angel di Maria were allowed to leave the club in recent weeks, heading for Bayern Munich and Manchester United respectively, while other departures included Alvaro Morata and Diego Lopez.
Arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu were Toni Kroos – who lifted the World Cup with Germany in Brazil and James Rodriguez, the tournament’s top-scorer. They were joined by Costa Rica goalkeeper and loan-signing Javier Hernandez.
Speaking to Marca about the comings and goings at the 10-time Champions League winners, Ronaldo didn’t hide the fact that he thought president Florentino Perez had dismantled a successful and settled side too quickly at the expense of having the next Galacticos in the Spanish capital.
“I have a very definite opinion, but I am not always allowed to say what I think,” the 29-year-old said. In a clear statement that he was unhappy with the departures, Ronaldo continued: “If I were in charge, perhaps I wouldn’t have done it like this. But if the President thinks that the best thing for the team is to sign the players he signed, and let others leave, then his decisions must be respected and supported.”
But he added that the new players would add a different dynamic and a change in style is normally for the better.
“With the new players, our style is going to change, but it might change for the better or for the worse,” added Ronaldo. “Let’s hope it will be for the better because they are top quality players. What usually happens is that they adapt well.”