United: Ronaldo not for sale
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Man Utd insist there is 'no possibility' of Cristiano Ronaldo being sold to Real Madrid.
Manchester United insist there is 'no possibility' of Cristiano Ronaldo being sold to Real Madrid.
Ronaldo has been heavily tipped to leave Old Trafford before the start of the season after being put up as a hate figure for his World Cup contribution.
The Portuguese winger was criticised for his supposed role in Wayne Rooney's sending off during England's quarter final exit.
He has suggested that the press campaign against him will make it difficult to continue his career in The Premiership.
The 21-year-old has targeted a move to Spain, with Real understood to be his preferred destination, although an interest from Barcelona has been alluded to.
New Real president Ramon Calderon would be prepared to back a bid for Ronaldo, who cost United £12 million three years ago, if coach Fabio Capello wants the exciting wide man.
But The Red Devils have issued a hands-off warning to any suitors of the former Sporting Lisbon starlet after confirming he is not for sale.
"Manchester United has noted the increasing media speculation over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo," read a statement on the club's official website.
"The club can confirm there is no possibility of Cristiano being sold. Cristiano recently signed a new contract until 2010 and the cub fully expects him to honour that contract.
"The club will not listen to any offers for Cristiano.
"Cristiano is one of the brightest young stars in world football as demonstrated by his performances at the World Cup and Manchester United is not in the business of selling their best young players."