Ronaldo: I know what I want but I’m not saying

(CNN) — Cristiano Ronaldo has made his mind up about his football future, but won’t be revealing whether it is with Manchester United or Real Madrid for up to three days.

Cristiano Ronaldo is to speak to Manchester United again before revealing whether he will stay or go.

Cristiano Ronaldo is to speak to Manchester United again before revealing whether he will stay or go.

The Portuguese star, speaking after their 3-2 defeat to Germany in Thursday night’s Euro 2008 quarter-final, said he was close to revealing his thinking.

“In two or three days’ time I will announce my future because the tournament is over for me,” he told the British Press Association.

“I have to speak to Manchester United and we will see. I will talk to them and see what happens. Everyone knows what I want but in the next two or three days you’ll have something new.”

Ronaldo told reporters the “possibilities” of going to Real Madrid were “great,” but that it did not “always depend on me.”

“I have many desires and in the next few days they will become clear.”

He also revealed to the French newspaper L’Equipe that he was to undergo foot surgery for a minor problem.

“It is now three months I have played with this little foot problem.”

United released a statement Friday reiterating that Ronaldo was not for sale.

“United are not listening to offers… the 23-year-old United star is not for sale,'” the statement said.

The winger has been the source of heated speculation about his future at Manchester United for months, with Real Madrid making clear they want to sign him at any cost.

United made a formal complaint to FIFA about Real Madrid’s interest last week, but football’s governing body said no regulations had been broken.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has criticized Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon and coach Bernd Schuster for what he considers heavy-handed tactics and use of the Spanish media to unsettle players.

The trigger for the protest was believed to have been Calderon’s comments earlier this month about his “pride” and “honor” that Ronaldo wants to play for his club.

The 23-year-old Ronaldo scored 42 goals in helping Manchester United win both the English and European titles last season.


~ by richart123 on June 20, 2008.

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