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Ronaldo will not leave - Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo is in Moscow for the Champions League final

Manchester United chief executive David Gill and manager Sir Alex Ferguson are united in their belief that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be leaving the club.

Ronaldo signed a five-year deal in 2007, but has regularly been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Gill told BBC Radio 5 Live: "He's got four more years with us and we're sure he'll be with us for many years.

Asked whether Ronaldo would stay, Ferguson added: "If you want to put a bet on it, I'll put a big bet on it."

Referring to Ronaldo as "one of the best players in the world, if not the best," Gill said he could not see any reason why the player would want to leave, or the club would want to sell him.

"He's at a great club, winning trophies, and enjoys it immensely here, so why would he want to leave?" he said.


"We're not a club that sells its main assets, to service our debts we need to have a very successful team on the pitch and you don't achieve that by selling Cristiano Ronaldo.

"We're keeping him. We've no intention of letting him go and will make sure he's happy. He's going nowhere."

United's accounts show they have debts of 764m, but Gill said there were no doubts about the club's ability to manage and repay them.

"There are provisions in Uefa licences that deal with clubs being able to meet their obligations, you have to give forward-looking accounts for coming years to show you can meet them, which is quite right," he said.

"Look at the debt in isolation and, yes, it's a concern, but look at our income generation. Our revenue is well over 200m.

"Banks wouldn't loan those sums unless they were fairly confident they'd get their money back and if we didn't have a business plan which showed they'd get it back," he said.

"In Manchester United, we have one of the best clubs in the world and we have a significant amount of income which can service those debts, so let's not just look at one side (of the equation)."

see also
Real play down link with Ronaldo
19 May 08 |  Man Utd
Why Ronaldo made the difference
12 May 08 |  Man Utd
We won't sell Ronaldo - Man Utd
11 Jan 08 |  Man Utd
Gill confident over Ronaldo deal
13 Mar 07 |  Man Utd
Barcelona snubbed Ronaldo chance
03 Jan 07 |  Man Utd

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