The recent rumours that came from Madrid – about a 2009 summer deal for Cristiano Ronaldo – are now confirmed reports.
Real Madridâ€™s director Pedro Trapote claims that an agreement has been reached between his club and Manchester United for a Ronaldo transfer next summer.
The Portuguese ace has been the target of the Spanish Giants since the young age of 18, but the Mancunian Devils have so far succeeded in every fight to keep him at Old Trafford. Manchester United have blown the trumpet time and again, declaring that their talismanic number 7 is not for sale.
Earlier this week, Ramon Calderon avowed that he was well aware about the English clubâ€™s will to keep Ronaldo at Old Trafford at all cost. Consequently, Trapoteâ€™s sudden claims came very much as a shock to Manchester Unitedâ€™s boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Thursday.
The Scot, who is currently in Japan for the World Club Cup, vigorously rejected Madridâ€™s assertion when informed about it by the media:
“Do you think I would get into a contract with that mob? Jesus Christ! No chance. I wouldn’t sell them a virus.
“That’s a no. There is absolutely no agreement at all between the clubs.
“I said to [chief executive] David Gill that you can bet your life that in January the rumours will start up again. We’ve just got to ignore them.”
To ignore Real Madridâ€™s hunt game will certainly come as a great challenge for the susceptible Scottish coach.
But one person who looks like dealing with the situation very well is theatrical Ronaldo. The winger, who has been asked at times about his opinion concerning a possible transfer to another club such as Inter Milan or Real Madrid, has repeatedly stated that he was focussed on remaining at Manchester United only .
When informed about Pedro Trapoteâ€™s claims on Thursday, Cristiano Ronaldo stood on his ground, saying:
“I don’t care what people are saying,”
“I have not read it. I am here in Japan and I know nothing about what is going on around me.
“But I am very happy playing for Manchester United.”
The Golden Boy, who had his name on the scoring sheet in Manchester Unitedâ€™s 5-3 semi-final victory against Gamba Osaka, added:
“I don’t want to talk about it. I just want to win the Club World Cup trophy.”
Written by: Angela Asante