Ruud not for sale
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
With money-bags Chelsea being linked with a massive bid for Real Madrid`s Raul, talk has centred on who else The Blues may bid for.
United chief executive Kenyon has moved to put the Old Trafford shutters up by insisting Dutch assassin van Nistelrooy is not available at any price.
"Clearly, Ruud is not for sale at any value from our point of view," Kenyon told Radio Five. "He's an essential part of our squad. He is one of those players that is not for sale.
"We have to look at where our squad is, and what ultimately drives all our business and all our activities is the football team and the success.
"You could not replace a van Nistelrooy - there isn't another one around therefore he's not for sale.
"The way that you could measure Ruud is that he is an exception to the rule, and we hope he will play for Man Utd for many years to come."
Commenting on Chelsea`s reported bid for Raul and the transfer market in general, Kenyon added: "I think Chelsea's bid is mind-boggling. £71 million is something you can't even contemplate getting a return on.
"Raul is, in my opinion, never going to leave Real Madrid anyway.
"Manchester United is recognised as one of the most profitable football clubs and businesses in the industry and that figure would not even register, we could not do that.
"The market has been pretty depressed for the past 18 months and prices have fallen along with salaries, and I think that's good for the industry.
"I don't see us paying £30 million for one player again for sometime, it's not something we contemplate."
Meanwhile, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Juan Sebastian Veron turned down a move away from Old Trafford.
Chelsea are reported to have made a bid for the Argentine ace, but the former Lazio man turned it down as he wants to stay at United.
"There is no change as far as Veron is concerned," said Ferguson. "He is part of our squad and a very important member of it. You can't dismiss the class of the boy, the work-rate, the desire to play. They are all great.
"Earlier on, a situation arose where there was a chance for Juan to go to another club, which was maybe a good thing. I have always been happy with him."