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'Ronaldo D-Day' - A Non-Event, Says Fergie

'Ronaldo D-Day' - A Non-Event, Says Fergie

Cristiano Ronaldo announced that he will make a decision on his future in the next three days and will inform us about it by Wednesday. Why can't he just stop the speculation flowing, I don't know.

Of course I have a few thoughts. Ronaldo himself said it many times that he's happy in Manchester, he wants to be a legend here and he wants to stay for many years now. Why does he now refuse to openly commit himself in the face of the rumours and the imminent tug of war between United and Real Madrid? Because of money, perhaps.

His agents might have advised him to fuel the uncertainty, the doubt in order to achieve better terms on a possible new contract despite the fact that his existing one is valid until 2012.

He will now make a decision, he says. It seems - and it is something that Real Madrid do not seem to realise, whatever Calderon says - his future is not in his own or Real Madrid's hands. United just won't let him go.

The angry statement concerning the perceivedly illegal activities of the Spanish giants spoke volumes: stop or else there will be trouble. It reminded me, if you don't mind a little wandering into the world of literature, of a scene in the 'Hitchiker'S Guide to the Galaxy': in the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Ford Prefect approaches an old friend only to be told by the bodyguard that 'I am Mr. Desiato's bodyguard. I am responsible for his body but I'm not responsible for yours. So take it away before it gets damaged'.

My point is that Sir Alex Ferguson only reiterated the club's obvious stance today: Ronaldo goes nowhere, not least because of principles. We do not sell our best players at the peak of their careers. The boss met the Glazers who are likely to gain some sympathy at last if they manage to keep Ronaldo.

'Their attitude is 'to hell with them', revealed Fergie.

'Trust me, they'd rather have him sitting in the stands than sell him, just to prove a point.'

It's quite straightforward. Of course it's in neither parties' interest to get Ronaldo banished to the stands and it won't happen. What will happen is simple: he'll start and finish next season in the Red shirt of Manchester United.

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If Ronaldo really wants to go he'll go. If he really angles for a move away, United will never ever get a better price for him than they could right now. Fergie is talking a tough game to drive the price up IF CR7 says he wants to go. It's exactly what we did with Anelka, of course we were going to sell him but we made sure we got a lot of money for him. I think Ronaldo will stay for now, but prepare to get a Vieira style situation that we had, where the speculation repeats every summer until he does eventually go. However, Ferguson's comments suggest he's worried Ronaldo wants to go. It's classic politicking.
Little Dutch
01/06/2008 21:58:00
good to see a tough stance being taken, it is about time some of the power is taken away from these players and agents as things have gone way way too far in their favour and it is often us, the fans, who end up paying or being disrespected! Hopefully Villa will take the same stance with the way Liverpool have treated the Barry saga.
The Fear
01/06/2008 22:07:00
I genuinely hope he stays for at least a couple more seasons. he is a diamond in the EPL and we must try to keep the best, however I wonder whether the United stance will change if he comes out and says he wants to leave. tough words today are great, but if the boy really pushes for a move he will make it very difficult fot united to keep to that stance with a potential £60m waiting to be banked.
01/06/2008 22:18:00
It's all tough talk from the Glazers. They owe so much money that a big money bid would mean they would sell. I do however believe Ronaldo will just say he's staying. Much ado about nothing
01/06/2008 23:03:00
Rocky7 I have to disagree.I live in the States and when Keyshawn Jones started talking crap to the media about leaving the tampa bay bucaneers instead of talking to the Glazers they let him rot in the stands.They honoured his contract but they proved a point.I reckon if he wants to go let him,no one is bigger than the club.We could buy 5 top players for 100 million.Don't forget we thought it was the end of the world when Cantona left and then we won the treble.
02/06/2008 04:08:00
Don`t really think he'll move out just yet.
02/06/2008 07:45:00
Java I agree with you on the "no one is bigger than the club", but I will disagree on the measures taken. Since he is not bigger than the club, CR should know who he is up against and that he has to honour his contract, and not play about.... So, if he wants to go HE CAN ROT ON THE STANDS! I will enjoy it thoroughly! United might be in debt now, but its under control, I have no doubt about that. They got their plan for that, i'm sure CR would be runnning the moment he said "I want to go to Real" a million times a second, when he is on the stands, out of form, out of favour, and nani is playing in his place, and some other transfer fills in aswell! Even if he stays afterall, I still think of him as a traitor...something like the Heinze thing last year....turning his back on us just like that...he's already getting 130K/week.... The only way for me to forget this, would be to finally prove that this was a big hoax, that ronaldo was playing with Real, while he was agreeing to sign with us till 2015 or smth... Cheers:D
02/06/2008 14:25:00
we can all dream alex
02/06/2008 15:45:00
Fergie wouldn't let Ronaldo rot in the stands. Its called intimitation tactics. If Ronaldo wants to go he will. He doesn't though and just wants more money. However let it be clear that he wants to win every trophy he can.
02/06/2008 22:21:00
The problem is the size of Ronaldo's contract. If Ronaldo were to be banished to the stands it would cost the club millions just to keep him from another club. He's not conducting himself well at all - it's not fair to the fans to have to go through all this - I will, I won't routine.
03/06/2008 23:02:00
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