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Ronaldo pledges future to Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo has hit three goals for United this season

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he made the right decision to reject Real Madrid and said he expects to stay at Manchester United beyond this season.

Last week Real president Ramon Calderon said his interest in Ronaldo is over.

"Now I understand I made the best decision," Ronaldo told Spanish sports paper Marca. "I am with Manchester in body and soul.

"I want to respect the club, my colleagues and the fans and don't want to talk about other teams at present."

The 23-year-old winger, who is under contract at Old Trafford until 2012, was heavily linked with a switch to Spain earlier this year, but Calderon told the BBC that "it is a situation we have to forget".

"Manchester (United) would not like to lose him - that is the situation," Calderon told Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme."

"Manchester didn't want to sell over the last three or four months but we don't want to get into trouble with them as they are one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"You can never be sure what will happen in the future but Real Madrid want to have a good relationship with Manchester.

"We do not want disturb them in any way over any possible signing that they are not willing to accept.

"We know it is not easy to sign players from big clubs in the middle of the season.


"I don't think we'll sign anyone unless we have any serious injuries."

The Portuguese international netted 41 goals last season for United and Real coach Bernd Schuster publicly declared his desire to have him at the Bernabeu.

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