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Ronaldo happy to have stayed in Madrid

india Updated: Sep 23, 2006 16:11 IST
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Brazilian legend Ronaldo said he was glad he opted to stay in Madrid despite close season interest from both AC and Inter Milan.

Ronaldo cut an unhappy figure at times last season as he looked overweight, out of shape and was routinely berated by his own team's fans.

But the three-time world player of the year and twice world champion with Brazil now says he is happy he opted to remain at Real.

"(Ramon) Calderon (Real's president) was always very clear with me from the beginning," Ronaldo, known as 'el gordo' in Madrid due to his weight problems, told Radio Marca.

"Only the people thinking about economics wanted to sell me.

"I could not decide (to go) because I am a Real Madrid player and I have two years left on my contract."

Currently recovering from injury, Ronaldo has promised to score 30 goals this season for the nine-time European champions.

"I was delighted to learn that AC Milan and Inter Milan wanted me. I treated it calmly and seriously.

"I didn't negotiate anything with anyone and sent everyone to speak to Real Madrid. I wanted to stay. That's what happened and I'm happy to stay."

Ronaldo's claims are a complete turnaround from earlier this year when he suggested his future lay elsewhere after he was jeered by Real fans during a Champions League tie with Arsenal in February.