Sunday, 12 October 2008

United Brace Themselves As Real Prepare For Another Summer Pursuit Of Ronaldo

La Liga Champions Real Madrid will launch another all-out campaign to sign superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from Premier League giants Manchester United next summer, with Los Merengues coach Bernd Schuster claiming that it will be harder for the European Champions to keep hold of their talisman next time the Spanish club come calling.

Real waged a summer long pursuit of the Portuguese International, which subsequently ended in failure after the former Sporting Lisbon playmaker opted to continue plying his trade under Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. However, Ferguson is set to face another such battle during next summers transfer window.

Schuster believes that with another year lapsed on the Portuguese players contract with United next year, Ferguson could come under pressure from the United board to cash in or risk seeing the £70million plus rated players value drop like a stone as he nears the end of his deal with the Premiership side.

Ronaldo’ current deal with Man United runs out in 2012, with Schuster hoping that he can lure the star to the Bernabeu next summer by making United an offer they cannot refuse.

Schuster told Spanish paper Marca: “I think that next year it is going to be a little more complicated for his club to retain him. There is hope that next year he could be with us.

“You need to do everything possible (to sign Ronaldo) because this player is worth it. Since the start I thought it was possible although difficult. Possible because the player really showed an interest.”

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