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Ronaldo rejects new Real rumours

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Man Utd are the club for me - Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has rejected renewed speculation that he is poised to leave Manchester United for Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer.

Weekend reports suggested Real were set to make a £75m bid for the winger.

"It is always the same question," said Ronaldo ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie against Porto. "I am happy here. I think it is the right club."

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson labelled the latest claims "pathetic" as he praised Ronaldo's return to form.

"We are still in three tournaments with a chance of winning them, and that in itself tells you Cristiano is at the right club, and he knows that," Ferguson said.

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"I think he has settled down, his form has returned in the last few weeks and the goals are starting to come for him now. He could have had four goals yesterday [against Aston Villa].

"There is a sense of a big occasion about every game now. For players like Cristiano and the other top players in our team, they are now hopefully starting to go into overdrive."

Ronaldo's two goals against Villa on Sunday took his tally for the season to 20, as United returned to the top of the Premier League.

He said in October that he made the right decision to reject the Spanish side last summer and that he expected to stay at United beyond this season.

But in December, Real director Pedro Trapote was quoted as saying a deal for a transfer this summer had been struck.

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However, in the wake of president Ramon Calderon's resignation in January, a new round of elections on 14 June are likely to see Real again linked with some of the world's leading players.

While Ferguson has consistently tried to dampen down speculation United might win an unprecedented five trophies this season, having already won the Club World Cup and Carling Cup, Ronaldo believes it is a distinct possibility.

"We are the best team in England," the Portuguese added.

"We have shown that by being top of the table. That speaks for itself. We respect all our opponents but if we carry on winning, we will win the title again.

"We have a chance to win everything this season.

"First we have to beat FC Porto. After that, we must carry on."



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see also
Man Utd v FC Porto
06 Apr 09 |  Europe
Real president Calderon resigns
16 Jan 09 |  Europe


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