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Ronaldo not for sale at M'ster United

india Updated: Jul 12, 2006 19:43 IST

Manchester United said on Wednesday that their Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo was not for sale.

The future of the Portugal winger has been the subject of speculation over the past three weeks, with the 21-year-old twice claiming he would like to move to Spain.

Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, was quick to indicate he wanted to keep Ronaldo at Old Trafford and those comments have been reinforced by the club.

"Manchester United has noticed the increasing media speculation over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo," he said.

"The club can confirm there is no possibility of Cristiano being sold."

"Cristiano recently signed a new contract until 2010 and the club fully expects him to honour that contract. The club will not listen to any offers for Cristiano."

"Cristiano is one of the brightest young stars in world football, as demonstrated by his performances at the World Cup and Manchester United is not in the business of selling their best young players," he added.

Ronaldo, who played for Portugal in the 3-1 World Cup third-place play-off defeat to Germany on Saturday, condemned Ferguson for failing to publicly support him in the wake of the furore which erupted over his involvement in Wayne Rooney's dismissal in the quarter-final clash with England.