Interviewed by El Confidential this Tuesday, the former president of Real de Madrid, Ramón Calderón, gave his opinion on the aborted transfer of Kylian Mbappé to Real. The former Madrid manager regrets the way the case was handled and thinks that the Merengues should not have just relied on the player’s word but had an agreement with penalties for the 23-year-old Frenchman in the event of failure of the transfer. A process that Calderón used during negotiations with Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008.
“We were ready to do it because we had the money and an agreement with Cristiano to guarantee it. If he backed down, he had to pay us 30 million euros, and if we backed down, we would pay him the 30 million. It was the way to respect what had been agreed. Manchester didn’t want to sell him and eventually decided to follow the player’s wishes. We have done everything to ensure that the agreement is not broken. That’s why what happened with Mbappé surprises me. I thought with Mbappé they had done the same thing and had a guaranteed deal. I am surprised. Something happened that we do not know, but if you offer 200 million euros to PSG, as the president admitted to his partners during the preliminary sessions of the assembly, it is that it was necessary to have something more than the word of the player. Imagine if PSG accepts and the player backs down. You weren’t protected. You must ensure such an operation in depth. We did it with Cristiano. I don’t know if now they have sinned by having too much confidence in the word of the player. I’m surprised there was no penalty. It’s a shame, because people took it for granted, but it’s not a tragedy either.”said Ramón Calderón who was president of Real Madrid between 2006 and 2009.