Friday, 24 October 2008

Real Madrid Vow To Give Up On Man United's Ronaldo "Forever"

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has revealed that the La Liga Champions have given up on signing Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo “forever”.

Los Merengues made a summer long public pursuit of Portuguese International Ronaldo, with it thought that Ronaldo would swap Old Trafford for the Bernabeu, but United boss Sir Alex Ferguson convinced the 23-year-old playmaker that his future was at the European Champions.

However, this did not stop the La Liga side declaring that they would continue to pursue the former Sporting Lisbon player, with Ferguson bracing himself for a fresh approach in January, after Ronaldo declared it would be a dream to wear the white shirt of Real one day.

Calderon has now insisted that Ronaldo is not on the Real wish list anymore and that the Spanish side do not wish to unsettle United or their talisman and will only reignite their interest if the Red Devils choose to sell.

“No, it's not possible,” he told reporters at a global sports summit in London.

“Cristiano Ronaldo you mean? No, the matter is over. We talked about that last season and Manchester decided not to sell the player.

“We don't want to do anything against a friend[ly] club like Manchester.

“We think it's okay that the player decided to stay at Manchester. We accept that as it has been forgotten, not only for January but I think forever. Only if Manchester some time decide to sell will we be talking about that.

“There seems no point and I'd like to say very clearly that Madrid are not doing anything to disturb a nice club, a friend[ly] club like Manchester.

“That's the final word and we're quite happy where we are now.”

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