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Ronaldo 'yet to decide on future'

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo helped Portugal to an opening win over Turkey on Saturday

Cristiano Ronaldo says he has yet to decide on his club future, and will not talk about it until Portugal's involvement in Euro 2008 is over.

The 23-year-old Manchester United star is a summer target for Real Madrid.

"I haven't decided yet about my future," he said after Portugal's opening 2-0 win against Turkey.

"I'll only do that after the European Championships are over. I don't want to talk about this again until the competition is over."

Ronaldo fuelled further speculation about his future on Thursday when he told a Brazilian journalist that he, "would like to play for Real Madrid but only if it's true they are ready to pay what Manchester United ask of them".

The winger has a contract with United, which runs until 2012, but has so far refused to state publicly that he is to stay with the club.

He has a contract with Manchester United, so he has to play in England

Portugal team-mate Ricardo Carvalho
United team-mate Rio Ferdinand, however, believes Ronaldo will still be at Old Trafford next season, despite all the speculation.

"As a footballer of Manchester United and as a fan, I would like to think he will stay, and I am quite positive of him staying," Ferdinand told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek.

"I haven't spoken to him but I just feel he will. He is at a great club, with great team-mates and great fans who adore him. Hopefully he makes that decision that we all want and he will stay.

"All the rest of the players are signing up. In the last couple of months myself, Wes Brown and Michael Carrick have all signed up. I think Patrice Evra has agreed a new contract, Wayne Rooney is staying, Edwin van der Sar has extended his contract.

"Everyone is singing from the same hymn book, and it would be nice if we can keep this team together because there is a great opportunity to be really successful over the coming years."

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Portugal team-mate Ricardo Carvalho, whose own future at Chelsea is uncertain, also believes Ronaldo is likely to stay with United.

"I think he is happy in England and he's doing very well," Carvalho said. "He has a contract with Manchester United, so he has to play in England."

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari praised Ronaldo's performance in Saturday's win over Turkey, when he took over the captaincy in the second half following the withdrawal of Nuno Gomes.

"Cristiano was very motivated, very determined and that's what we expected from him," Scolari said.

I'm not going to say whether I'm going to go this way or the other

Luiz Felipe Scolari
Scolari is also adamant he will not discuss his own future while Portugal are still in the tournament.

The Brazilian, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and was a runner-up with Portugal at Euro 2004, was courted by England before the 2006 World Cup.

He has been linked with the vacant position at Chelsea but said: "I'm here as coach of Portugal until the end of the Euro and only respond for the national team.

"I'm not going to say whether I'm going to go this way or the other, whether I'll be renewing [my contract with Portugal] or leaving.

"There was talk before Euro 2004 and I ended up renewing, there was more talk before the World Cup in 2006 and I renewed."


see also
Ferguson issues Ronaldo warning
01 Jun 08 |  Man Utd
Ronaldo will not leave - Man Utd
20 May 08 |  Man Utd


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