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Real end Ronaldo pursuit

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Real Madrid have told Sky Sports News that they are no longer interested in Cristiano Ronaldo.

Calderon gives up on efforts to tempt winger to Spain

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has told Sky Sports News that he is no longer interested in luring Cristiano Ronaldo away from Manchester United. Ronaldo was at the centre of an exhausting summer transfer saga as Primera Liga champions Real pursued the winger's services throughout Euro 2008 and pre-season. However, Premier League and UEFA Champions League title holders United maintained their stance that they did not want to sell the Portugal international, who eventually opted to stay at Old Trafford. And Calderon - who refrained from tabling a bid for Ronaldo - now insists that he has permanently ended his efforts to entice the favourite for the 2008 Ballon d'Or and Fifa World Player of the Year to Spain. "It (a deal for Ronaldo) is not possible," said Calderon. "That matter is over.


"We talked about that last season. Manchester decided they did not want to sell the player and we don't want to do anything against a friendly club like Manchester. "We accept that Ronaldo decided to stay at Manchester. It is forgotten. Not only for January but, I think, for ever." However, Calderon admits that, if United decided to put the 23-year-old up for sale, Real would consider an offer. "Only if Manchester decided to sell will we be talking about it," he continued. "But I would like to say clearly that Madrid is not doing anything to disturb a nice and friendly club like Manchester. "That is the final word and we are happy."

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