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Ferguson rules out more signings

Manchester United's new signings
Ferguson paraded his summer signings at United's training ground on Monday

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he will not make any further signings during the summer.

United have brought in Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia and Bordeaux's Gabriel Obertan to replace departed forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.

Ferguson revealed he had bid for Karim Benzema, who joined Real Madrid, but insisted he had no further targets.

"It is the end of our business," he said. "Stories about who we are supposed to be getting - forget it."

United pocketed £80m from Ronaldo's world record transfer to Real Madrid and the Old Trafford club had been expected to spend a sizeable proportion of the funds on new players.

Transfer market has caught fire - Ferguson

Among those to be linked with a move to the Premier League champions are Brazilian forward Douglas Costa, French playmaker Franck Ribery, and Spain striker David Villa.

But Ferguson feels the market is now over-inflated and he does not want to pay over the odds for players.

Real Madrid, for example, have spent in excess of £170m this summer in capturing Kaka from AC Milan, Benzema from Lyon and Ronaldo.

And Ferguson added: "There are some amazing numbers being talked about, not all of them realistic. It is very difficult to get value now.

"In a way we benefited through the sale of Cristiano, although that figure was non-negotiable.

"But I feel we have a good squad, which meant there was no need for knee-jerk reactions.

I had a good relationship with the boy but I never, ever thought we were going to keep him for a long time

Ferguson on Ronaldo

"We asked about Benzema and we had a value for him. Lyon have done well because they got 42m euros but I think we took a sensible view."

Instead, Valencia has arrived from Wigan, 20-year-old winger Obertan has been recruited and Owen was signed on a free transfer after his contract with Newcastle expired.

And the England striker has been handed the number seven shirt - the shirt vacated by Ronaldo.

Owen hungry to succeed at Old Trafford

Owen will add extra experience to an attack that still boasts plenty of established talent in Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov, plus youngsters Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda.

Ferguson hinted that Welbeck and Macheda, who scored vital goals at the end of last season, will be given opportunities to play their part.

"They are both young players - but young players with ability always get a chance here," added Ferguson.

Owen, meanwhile, has vowed to recapture his best form and show he will be an important part of the United team.

"I am hungry to do well and if this challenge doesn't create a hunger and put a spring in your step and a smile on your face then nothing will," he said.

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"I honestly believe I can still do well in a top team like Manchester United."

Ferguson praised the desire of Owen to prove his critics wrong and is confident the 28-year-old can rediscover the scoring touch that made him one of Europe's most feared strikers.

"His experience is vital and with Michael you will see the experience he will give us in the penalty box," commented Ferguson.

"There is no question that he will score a lot of goals for us and he has been great for years and years.

"You always have to be aware of him in the last third."

Carlos Tevez
Tevez. 25, spent two years on loan at Old Trafford

Ferguson added that he had expected to lose Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, who looks set to join local rivals Manchester City, for several months.

"I half expected Tevez would be going a long time back," said Ferguson.

"I think he maybe did a deal around January because I spoke to him and gave him an offer on the night we played Inter Milan (in March) and he never came back to me.

"I phoned him on holiday and he never got back to me and I texted him twice and he never got back to me then either, so obviously he had made his mind up a long time ago.

"He was a good player and did well for us. But he obviously assessed the situation and wanted to go somewhere else."

And Ferguson dismissed any suggestion that he had fallen out with Ronaldo over the Portuguese star's move to Madrid.

"I had a good relationship with the boy but I never, ever thought we were going to keep him for a long time," said the Scot.

"We are proud and pleased to have him for six years. He has had this opportunity to take another challenge and I respect him for that.

"He was a fantastic player for us, a good lad and gave us no problems. We wish him well."



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see also
Man City to confirm Tevez signing
14 Jul 09 |  Man City
Obertan completes Man Utd switch
08 Jul 09 |  Man Utd
Owen completes switch to Man Utd
03 Jul 09 |  Man Utd
Benzema 'chose Real over Man Utd'
10 Jul 09 |  Football
Ronaldo completes 80m Real move
01 Jul 09 |  Man Utd
Kaka completes Real Madrid switch
09 Jun 09 |  Europe
Valencia joins Man Utd from Wigan
30 Jun 09 |  Man Utd


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