Ronaldo happy to stay
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United star Ronaldo has pledged to sign a new deal at Old Trafford.Manchester United star Ronaldo has pledged to sign a new deal at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese ace had been stalling on contract talks, with the player seeking parity among the high earners at the club.
Ronaldo has proved to be a major hit with The Red Devils since joining the club as a teenager from Sporting Lisbon two years ago and the club are keen to tie him down to a new long-term contract.
There had been fears that with contract talks stalling it could lead to a move from either Real Madrid or Barcelona for the fleet-footed winger.
However, Ronaldo insists he is happy at United and expects to sign a new deal soon.
"We have spoken about the important questions and I believe that I will sign with Manchester United, but still I have not signed the contract to date," Ronaldo told O Jogo.
"No one from Manchester United have spoken to me while in the Algarve.
"The negotiations are going well. My agent Jorge Mendes is responsible for this and I expect a happy solution.
"I am happy to sign, but I have two more years on my contract. The proposition is for another three years.
"I am settled at Manchester United, but if the club decides my exit, there is nothing I can do.
"It is the decision of the coach, but I am happy at United because this is the club where I want to follow.
"It is difficult to talk of a contract for the whole of your career like Carlos Queiroz said.
"No one knows the future, but I intend to fulfil my contract.
"I reiterate that I am calm about my future."
Meanwhile, two United strikers are being linked with possible moves away from Old Trafford, with Alan Smith thought to be attracting interest from Newcastle United and Louis Saha a reported target for Everton.
Newcastle are thought to be weighing up a £7 million bid for Smith, as they look for a strike partner for Alan Shearer.
Magpies boss Graeme Souness is in the market for a new striker, with Craig Bellamy set to be offloaded and Patrick Kluivert leaving at the end of last season before heading to Spanish outfit Valencia.
Souness is a big fan of Smith and would love to team him up with Shearer, but the England international has always pledged to stay at United and fight for his place, despite failing to hold down a regular place in the side.
Saha has been linked with a shock season-long loan move to Everton.
Reports on Friday have suggested that David Moyes has lined up a move for the Frenchman, as he prepares for the UEFA Champions League next season.
Saha endured a frustrating time with injury last term and he is well down the pecking order at United.
However, it seems unlikely that United would be willing to let him leave on loan, with the player keen to fight for his place.