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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 05:45 GMT 06:45 UK
Chelsea eye Real duo
Real Madrid's Ronaldo (left) and David Beckham
Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri has revealed the club are lining up a summer swoop for Real Madrid duo David Beckham and Ronaldo.

Ranieri told Italian newspaper Tuttosport that Blues owner Roman Abramovich is eyeing the pair.

"Yes, Chelsea are thinking of Ronaldo and Beckham," admitted Ranieri.

"There is only one person in the world who can try to take them from Real president Florentino Perez and he is called Roman Abramovich."

However, Ranieri now appears resigned to the fact that he is unlikely to be at the club next season.

He added: "I've never spoken about it before, because of the respect towards those who pay me.

"Sure, it's difficult thinking I will stay with Chelsea, so I'm thinking about what I'll be doing next year."

Ranieri's opposite number at Real Madrid, Carlos Queiroz, also finds his position under threat.

Real are in danger of finishing the season empty-handed after losing to Barcelona in La Liga on Sunday.

They are a point behind leaders Valencia and should they fail to win the league, Queiroz seems unlikely to keep his job.

The departure of a manager Beckham knows well after the pair worked together at Manchester United would lead to increased speculation about the England captain's future at Madrid.

Ronaldo was quoted in the News of the World newspaper on Sunday saying he would relish the chance of playing in England, alongside Beckham.

However, he has since denied he wants to leave Real, saying he would like to play in the Premiership "one day" but that he is "not going anywhere".






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