At least Cristiano Ronaldo is showing Tottenham some respect

The former Manchester United forward refused to be drawn on Real Madrid's pursuit of Gareth Bale today.

So, unless you have been living under a rock for the past month, you will know that Real Madrid are chasing Tottenham Hotspur superstar Gareth Bale - and are willing to pay a rather astronomical amount of cash in order to do so.

Spurs maintain that their player is simply not for sale - but it is becoming clear that the player himself is open to the prospect of a switch to Spain this summer.

Real Madrid are however trying to keep hold of their own talisman. Today it has been reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a tentative extension deal with Los Blancos - something the player himself has denied in a press conference this morning.

Ronaldo has been the subject of reported interest from former club Manchester United, as well as big spending French sides Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco.

But Real Madrid know they often hold all the cards and all the power when it comes to transfer negotiations.

And this summer has been no different.

The club is always quick to make their interest in a certain player pretty public - usually through their own media mouthpiece Marca.

The continued presence that puts any transfer talks going on at the Bernabeu in the media spotlight make it difficult for any player to resist the overtures of the Spanish capital - no matter how much taxes you would have to pay.

These tactics have been criticised by many Spurs fans and the manager Andre Villas-Boas - with some fans even intimating it is basically tapping up.

And it doesn’t help when the clubs players get in on the act as well.

So far I have seen extracts from interviews where the likes of Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo have all blurted on about how much they would love to play with Bale - well maybe they should move to Spurs instead of trying to unsettle their star player - if they love Bale that much.

Zinedine Zidane doesn’t help either - with no clandestine attitude toward his admiration for the player.

But at least one Madrid player has recently been more respectful to the interest of Spurs - that player being Ronaldo:

"I'm not going to speak about that because I'm not the right person to say if he deserves that money - if it's a good deal or not. I'm happy here - I think the players I have beside me, they are great - I'm not going to speak about other players."

Now whether this is some sort of compatriots sticking together business between him and AVB, or whether he simply does not feel it is his place to talk about other teams players, is neither here nor there.

The fact he wouldn’t talk, when so many of his team-mates have has seen him go up in my estimations ever so slightly.

If only his team-mates had the same tact.

image: © Jan Solo

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