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Fergie Wants To Keep Ronaldo - Is He Right?

Sir Alex Ferguson is determined to hold on to Cristiano Ronaldo who is eager for a move to Real Madrid. The manager has held talks with the winger and insists he's going to stay.

Fergie refused to disclose the details of their meeting so we do not know what makes him think that Ronaldo is definitely going to stay - apart from the simple fact that he's contracted to United and is therefore not free to leave at will.

'I can say that he will be a Manchester United player next year, we won't be selling him,' Fergie told reporters at a news conference in Cape Town.

'It (the meeting) went well. We put across our points of view, where we stand and where the player stands.'

He never said that Ronaldo agreed to stay - but he's apparently confident. However, my chief concern is not whether he's right. I'm actually asking if we should keep Ronaldo, for I'm not sure.

Granted, he's the best player in the world at the moment and his goals will be difficult to replace. However, too much of our attacking play depended on Ronaldo as the whole team was set up to utilise his abilities the most effectively. The side was actually built around him...

Many believe that Rooney would thrive in a more liberated role which is out of the question while Ronaldo is at the club because we need desperately his fantastic amount of work in order to create chances for Ronaldo. And even Carlos Tevez might score more goals without the Portuguese.

There's more to it, though, and only now we arrive at the key part. He definitely wants away and is not fully content even if he reluctantly agrees to stay for another season. A dip in form is inevitable but his ego is still getting bigger, you can see it every day.

The way he's been taking the piss over his transfer since, well, May 21 shows that now he regards himself as the biggest and best thing that's currently in football. He's the best player in the world, sure, but a little humility would not go amiss. So far, his arrogance was serving him well on the pitch but an overlarge ego will only hinder him and United as well.

So I'm not sure. But if he stays then I'll focus on the positives: we'll still have the world's best player in the squad and we'll have a whole year to find a replacement - or ease him into the side if we happen to sign a winger this summer.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 18 2008

Time: 6:26PM

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That's the crux of it for me - I've never denied the importance he is to us from a footballing perspective, a blind man can see that. Also, who cares if we build a team around him, if we are going to build a team around anyone might as well make it the best player in the world. No, the problem I have with him is the fact he has taken the ***** of us, the fans and our club. I said after the comments he made about loving to play in a white shirt that he has crossed the line by mcking the whole situation. Then there was the brazilian website quotes which though possibly untrue, were damamging to our club. But for me, the moment he said he agreed with Septic Bladder about being a "slave" i lost all feelings for him as a United player. He crossed the line of no return IMO. For me, this is so much worse than what he did afeter the world cup, because then he had the OT faithful on his side. Now, im not so sure. I cant even begin to imagine when he comes back and getsw hsi first goal. Do i cheer? Do i boo? I dont want to be put in that situation, and though im sure he will eventually end up winning me and many others over, for now i couldnt give a rat's arse if he stays or goes.
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18/07/2008 18:44:00

Ronaldo is, and always will be a winker with no morals, i hope he goes and never returns.
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18/07/2008 18:53:00

sell him! you're only delaying the inevitable!
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18/07/2008 19:58:00

Fergie should get off to Las Vegas and see his star in action, he's certainly good with a bar bill. He's going.. going.. go
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18/07/2008 21:17:00

Heard in a Karioke Bar. Thought you might like it! The Christiano Ronaldho Song. Please release me, let me go, for you don't love me any more, to waste our lives would be a sin Release me, and let me play again. I have found a new love dear and I will always want them near Their fans are warm while yours are cold Release me, my Fergie, let me go Please release me, can't you see you'd be a fool to cling to me to live a life would bring us pain so release me, and let me play again
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20/07/2008 00:53:00

I think that because of all of this and the fact that he has had his operation will result in a season that won't be as impressive as this one. He has made it clear that he does want to go to Madrid at some point. Can you afford to wait to see if his value rises next year? Or risk everything on him changing his mind and signing with you again as his contract end gets nearer and nearer. I don't think his heart is with United anymore. He knows he's the world's best and knows he will get his move, no matter what. So should he go? Yes. Do I want him to? No.
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20/07/2008 22:50:00

Typical that the English actually think Rooney is suffering because of Ronaldo's brilliance. What next eh? Rooney (as most English players) are vastly over-rated, is it any wonder the English National Team is in the shape its in. It Ronaldo wants to go then United should let him go, but nobody knows for sure if he does bar Ferguson. But drop all this Rooney pish, Rooney isn't playing well because he just not as good as Ronaldo, not because Ronaldo is given more freedom. Better players have been at the club than Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Henrik Larsson, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Peter Schemichael.
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