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Fergie - We will keep Ronaldo

United boss warns Real over interest in Footballer of the Year

Last Updated: 23/05/08 1:28pm

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Ronaldo: Set to stay

Ronaldo: Set to stay

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Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Real Madrid that Manchester United will not be listening to any offers for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Fresh from helping United secure a Premier League and UEFA Champions League double, Ronaldo was once again linked with a move to Real.

Reports have claimed that the Spanish champions are willing to spend a world record fee to entice the Portuguese winger to the Santiago Bernabeu during the close season.

Ronaldo expects to have his future resolved within the next fortnight, with United tipped to offer the 23-year-old an improved contract.

And Red Devils boss Ferguson says there is no chance of Ronaldo following the path of several former United players to the Spanish capital.

"I read last night that Calderon's talking, Schuster's talking and they use this Marca as their vehicle to unsettle players," Ferguson told Sky Sports News. "The simple facts are he's got another four years left on his contract, that's the first thing.

No moral issue

"When you want to keep someone you work hard to do it.

"That is a fact not lost on Manchester United, but it is a fact not lost on Real Madrid either.

"In terms of great clubs, the clubs with great moral issues, like Barcelona, have far better moral issues than Real Madrid will ever have.

"They're not the only club Real Madrid who are interested in Ronaldo. Do you not think we've had many interest from big clubs in Europe in our best players?

"Of course, but they don't get into the nonsense they get into. They have no moral issue at all, they think they can ride roughshod over everyone and they won't do it with us.

"We sold them Ruud van Nistelrooy and David Beckham because we wanted to."

Looking at squad

The futures of Louis Saha and Gerard Pique have also come in for scrutiny, but Ferguson insists he is not intending to break up his current squad over the summer.

He added: "We will not be moving anyone out.

"It is not something I have even thought about.

"I just need to look at the squad and know I have enough cover for next season as we have three extra games, one in the Super Cup and two in the World Club Championship to cope with."

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