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Real play down link with Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo has scored 41 goals for United so far this season

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster appears to have accepted it would be futile trying to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United this summer.

Schuster's side have been continually linked to the 23-year-old winger, who fuelled speculation last week by saying he wants to play in Spain one day.

"I would like to have a lot of players," said Schuster, whose side won La Liga this season.

"But I don't think it is possible that Cristiano Ronaldo will be with us."

Ronaldo has scored 41 goals on his way to helping United win the Premier League title this month and his side also face Chelsea in Wednesday's Champions League final.


He has a contract with the Old Trafford club until 2012 after extending his deal last year.

United have insisted they have no intention of selling their prize asset but his recent comments to a Spanish TV station hinted he may be thinking otherwise.

"I'm very happy here but let's see after the Champions League final what happens," said Ronaldo last week.

But, despite the player's remarks and the continual rumours about the two parties joining up, Schuster calmed talk of a potential bid after his side's final game of the season against Levante on Sunday.

"I don't waste time on these things," he added. "I think about who could come and not on speculation.

"We are going to look at what we need and then see."

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