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Ronaldo may consider Spanish move

Man Utd star Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo's name has been linked with some of Europe's biggest clubs

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo says he may consider his future at the club after next week's Champions League final.

The 23-year-old, who has scored 41 goals in a superb season, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

"I'm very happy here but let's see after the Champions League final what happens," Ronaldo told Spanish TV at United's training ground.

"I feel at home here. I've been here five years but the future, we'll see."

He added: "I've said a million times I'd like to play in Spain but dreaming is one thing, reality is another. I don't know."

Ronaldo collected the Football Writers' Association award on Thursday, part of a clean sweep of the English player-of-the-year prizes this season.

The Portugal international signed a contract extension last year to keep him at Old Trafford until 2012.

Speaking in January, Manchester United chief executive David Gill told Football Focus: "There's no chance of us selling him, no way, whatever the bid.

"Cristiano signed a new contract last season to 2012 and we are not a selling club."

And selling the club's leading scorer would not sit well with last week's statement from Gill outlining plans to further improve the squad over the summer.

"We will certainly be in a position where, if we can improve it, we will," Gill told MUTV.

However, Real Madrid have made no secret of their desire to sign Ronaldo, with their coach Bernd Schuster describing Ronaldo as "the best player in the world" earlier this year.

On Wednesday, Miguel Angel Arroyo, Real Madrid's general director, said: "We have the solvency and the financial liquidity to be able to take on a signing of the magnitude of Cristiano Ronaldo.

"It would be economically beneficial due to the merchandising that would arise from it."

Real have signed big names from United in recent seasons, with David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy both moving from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu.

see also
Messi better than Ronaldo - Cole
14 May 08 |  Chelsea
Why Ronaldo made the difference
12 May 08 |  Man Utd
Ronaldo wins writers' award again
02 May 08 |  Premier League
Ronaldo's season in photos
28 Apr 08 |  Football
Coping with Cristiano Ronaldo
31 Mar 08 |  Football
Real confirm interest in Ronaldo
27 Mar 07 |  Man Utd
We won't sell Ronaldo - Man Utd
11 Jan 08 |  Man Utd

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