Ronaldo rejects speculation
Cristiano Ronaldo has once again reiterated his desire to stay at Manchester United.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 06/04/09 8:04pm
Cristiano Ronaldo has once again reiterated his desire to stay at Manchester United despite rumours of his future resurfacing.
Reports over the weekend suggested that Real Madrid had agreed a price for the winger but that has now been dismissed by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
The question received a frosty response from the Scot with the 23-year-old World Player of the year also seemingly unimpressed with the query.
The 67-year-old manager was quoted as saying that he 'wouldn't sell Madrid a virus' during the World Club Cup in December and that viewpoint does not seem to have softened.
"I am happy at this club. I think it is the right club," Ronaldo said.
The reports also suggested that Real had stepped up their interest after hearing that the Portuguese international was growing tired of the constant rough treatment he receives in England.
But the former Sporting ace admitted that this season was no different to the previous five at Old Trafford.
"It has always been like that," he added.
"It is only normal this season that the defenders have kicked me to try and stop me. It is just normal."
United moved back to the top of the Premier League on Sunday with a last-gasp 3-2 win over Aston Villa thanks to a brace from Ronaldo.
The win ended a run of two straight league defeats and the player is now confident United can secure success at home and abroad.
"We are the best team in England. We have shown that by being top of the table. That speaks for itself." he insisted.
"We respect all our opponents but if we carry on winning, we will win the title again. We have a chance to win everything this season.
"First we have to beat FC Porto. After that, we must carry on."
Ronaldo also sees similarities between his own debut against Bolton in August 2003 and 17-year-old Federico Macheda's first appearance for the senior team on Sunday.
The Italian youngster curled a sublime winner past Brad Friedel to ensure a valuable three points for the champions and his team-mate could not be more pleased for him.
"It's similar to me," he pointed out.
"The feeling is quite the same. I remember when I started to play for Manchester against Bolton when I came on (with) 70,000 supporters - it's not easy.
"I play good, I did good skills, good passes. When Kiko (Macheda) scored I know what he is feeling, it is one of the best days of his life.
"He is young and he can still improve and he is good. It is good to be involved with the first team and he scored a goal to help the team.
"I am really, really happy for him."