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Ronaldo has now achieved what he wanted at Manure.

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528, ... 95,00.html

Them Mancs better start worrying, their one-man-band is going to Spain, we all know it.

Rooney is absolutley crap, but they'll have to stick with him to save face.

Carrick is VERY ordinary, same for Hargreaves, Scholes, O'Shea, Fletcher, Silvestre, Nanni & Brown.

If i was a Manc i would make the most of it, next season will be a whole lot different without the brylcream kid.

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Don't think he's going anywhere. he's only just signed a new contract, and would only go for a world record fee, and I don't think even then man U will sell and given he has 5 years left on his contract, I'd say they are in a pretty strong position.

Shame, but don't see it happening.

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I think he goes one more year, performs less than his stellar season this year, and Fergie sells him in the summer sick and tired of these swirling allegations.

He can only score so many goals, so I would rather they keep him than collect 70+ million for him and build another super squad

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/ju...ited.realmadrid

Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have made up his mind to leave Manchester United and fulfil his "dream" of joining Real Madrid. The Portugal international has informed his agent, Jorge Mendes, that he wants to play in Spain and his decision has already been outlined to Madrid, encouraging them to step up their attempts to prise him from Old Trafford.

Ronaldo is being offered a salary in the region of £150,000 a week after tax and has told his closest associates that the financial rewards, as well as the opportunity to play for a club of Madrid's prestige, are too good to turn down.

The double footballer of the year had stated on Saturday night that he would announce his decision "in two or three days" but journalists arriving at Portugal's Euro 2008 training base yesterday were informed that he would not speak to the media until Friday at the earliest. Instead, one of his associates briefed the Portuguese journalists that Ronaldo, as suspected, was hoping United would relent on their refusal to entertain the idea of negotiating a world-record transfer.

Relations between the two clubs have been severely strained and the latest developments will cause intense dismay to Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been increasingly vocal in his criticism of Madrid. There is also a growing sense of foreboding about Ronaldo's motives, specifically the manner in which he has repeatedly adapted his line in a string of media interviews.

Ferguson had wanted the player to hold a press conference, or, at the very least, put out a statement, committing himself to the club, but Ronaldo has made it clear he plans to do nothing of the kind.

Mendes is believed to be in almost daily contact with Madrid and looking at ways to soften United's resistance. Whether that is possible remains to be seen as United have threatened to report the Spanish champions to Fifa and Ferguson has said he would rather let Ronaldo rot in the reserves than sanction the deal.

Contrary to reports, Ferguson has no plans to fly to Portugal, preferring to go on holiday to France and leave the matter to his chief executive, David Gill.

At the same time, Gill will try to convince Aaron Ramsey, the 17-year-old Cardiff City midfielder, to choose United ahead of Arsenal after both clubs yesterday had £5m offers accepted.

United were the first to meet Cardiff's requirements and issued a statement describing themselves as "delighted" to have agreed the deal only for it to emerge that Arsenal had matched their offer. Liverpool had also bid £5m but Cardiff turned them down because of the way the deal was structured. "We can confirm that the club has received formal bids from three Premier League teams for Aaron Ramsey," a statement from Cardiff read. "One of these is Manchester United though at this stage we can confirm that no deal has been done."

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Ronaldo going would definitely be a boost for us. He carried United at times last season and no one really came close to matching his goal tally. Rooney is not prolific enough so I think Man U need to bring in a top quality striker if Ronaldo does indeed decide to go to Real.

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Ronaldo breaks Madrid silence:

Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence over his future by declaring a desire to move to Real Madrid.

The transfer story of the summer gathers pace by the day but prior to speaking to Brazilian website Terra, little of note had been offered by the Manchester United winger.

Sir Alex Ferguson and United's owners, the Glazer family, are united in their stance that Ronaldo will not be allowed to quit Old Trafford but their resolve to keep him will now be further tested by the player's latest declaration.

Speaking from Portugal's training base in the Swiss city of Neuchatel, Ronaldo admitted, according to Terra, that a move to the Spanish capital appealed.

"I want to play for Real Madrid, but only if it is true they are eager to pay me and Manchester United what they have been saying they will," said Ronaldo.

Message received

"However, it does not depend on me. It is important to send a message.

"From now on I will not talk again about this until the end of the Euros. It is not worth asking me because I will not reply."

On Wednesday, Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon said he would not risk ruining his club's relationship with Manchester United by bidding for a player under contract.

However, now Ronaldo has signalled his intent for a future in Spain, it could be Madrid that make the next move.

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528, ... 40,00.html

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Sid Lowe; The Guardians La Liga journo, always delivers a good read. Here's another:

Madrid scent victory in their bid to sign Ronaldo

Now Ronaldo has announced he wants to leave Old Trafford, history shows that United are unlikely to be able to stop him - Sid LoweJune 5, 2008 3:18 PM

So, Ramón Calderón got it wrong again. Just two days ago Real Madrid's president insisted that signing Cristiano Ronaldo was "impossible." Now, it is very possible. In fact, it is surely now probable that he will move to the Spanish capital. Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlos Queiroz may have reacted furiously to Madrid's interest, dredging up Christopher Columbus, Franco and even Iberian border disputes, but retaining a player who publicly declares his desire to depart is always fraught with difficulty.

Since the Champions League final, the situation has been in Ronaldo's hands with Madrid, Manchester United and even FC Barcelona simply waiting for him to reveal his hand. First it was going to be within 24 hours, then 48, then three days. Now, at last, he has revealed what many expected him to reveal: he wants to join Real Madrid. This is exactly what Madrid were waiting for.

While this time Madrid's tactics have been less systematic than in the past - not least because Calderón is not as clever an operator as his predecessor Florentino Pérez - the process has been familiar. Speak to the player, leak to the press and force the selling club into a corner. Calderón was of course lying when he said that the transfer was impossible, his aim to take the sting out of a situation that had raced ahead of him. He knew that it was possible, so long as Ronaldo went public. Last week he told his board: "We have do our bit". So, might the Spanish press have added, "have we."

Like Calderón, Cristiano Ronaldo is lying when he says he wants to go to Madrid "if it's true that they are eager to pay me and United what they have been saying the will". He knows that they are willing to pay, for conversations between Madrid and Jorge Mendes, his agent, have already taken place, the bones of a deal laid down. Nonetheless, he was telling the truth when he insisted that what happens now: "does not depend on me." He has done his bit - speak out publicly at last - now it's back in the hands of United and Madrid.

The Spanish club will buy at almost any cost - they cannot possibly allow themselves not to get Ronaldo now and have already investigated ways of financing what is likely to be the biggest deal in history. But will United break and what will the cost be? History suggests that they may have to admit defeat and, privately, if the offer is huge - which it will be - they may not be that unhappy to sell.

On the face of it, Ronaldo is a great signing for Madrid. The things that make him unpopular in England - from seeking fouls to diving and pouting - will be applauded at Madrid, where he will be treated like the biggest star on earth. Referees will protect him far more than in the Premier League and the style of the game here will suit him too. There is a gap on the right side of Madrid's midfield or even as part of a front three. And he will give Madrid the one thing they have lacked in winning the league after the last two years: glamour. For all the failures of the galácticos project, there is still a longing for the sheer shininess of that side. Not to mention the sheer marketability of it.

But that could be part of the problem. Raúl has already expressly told Calderón and his sporting director Pedja Mijatovic not to break up the current side and there are those that think spending 90m Euros on one player is foolish, even by Calderón's comic standards. The Madrid president is still unpopular despite two successive titles, and, having missed out on presidential promises Cesc and Kaká Calderón and is desperate for a big statement. And they don't come much bigger than this. But while he will now be feeling quietly satisfied at a plan coming together perfectly, there is still a huge fight with United to come.

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Mark me down as hoping he doesnt go.

If a talent like that moves to one of the richest clubs in the world at age 23, the record for Zidane's transfer will be broken. Im almost positive of it. Im thinking 75-85 million pounds.

Putting that money in the hands of Ferguson when they already have young talent to spare will be a dangerous, dangerous thing. Be prepared to see Benzema, Phil Lahm, Berbatov, and possibly Quaresma transfer to a United team that has already pipped us twice. Thats in addition to alleviating some of their monstorous debt. If I were them, I would make Madrid pay out the bloody nose, especially after the way this has been dragged out, publicly.

Compare that to a petulant winger who can, on some days, be marked out of a game. Yes, he is good, but even if he turns into the next Cryuff he is just one player.

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Mark me down as hoping he doesnt go.

If a talent like that moves to one of the richest clubs in the world at age 23, the record for Zidane's transfer will be broken. Im almost positive of it. Im thinking 75-85 million pounds.

Putting that money in the hands of Ferguson when they already have young talent to spare will be a dangerous, dangerous thing. Be prepared to see Benzema, Phil Lahm, Berbatov, and probably Quaresma transfer to a United team that has already pipped us twice. Thats in addition to alleviating some of their monstorous debt. If I were them, I would make Madrid pay out the bloody nose, especially after the way this has been dragged out, publicly.

Compare that to a petulant winger who can, on some days, be marked out of a game. Yes, he is good, but even if he turns into the next Cryuff he is just one player.

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