Inter Milan insists Ronaldo will stay

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti said today that World Cup star Ronaldo will stay on with his Italian team after all, denying published reports that the Br

Inter Milan insists Ronaldo will stay

Milan:

Inter Milan's president said today that World Cup star Ronaldo will stay on with his Italian team after all, denying published reports that the Brazilian striker could sign with Real Madrid within a few days."Ronaldo will stay with Inter," club president Massimo Moratti told Italian news agency ANSA while adding that the club had held talks with Spain's Real Madrid about Ronaldo's transfer. "The approach was not satisfactory from the economic point of view," he said. "Thus, it is better that Ronaldo appreciates what he already has."Moratti's remarks came after Ronaldo's agent Alexandre Martins claimed in an interview that his client was about to sign with the Spanish club, after weeks of controversy over the Brazilian superstriker's reported desire to leave his Italian club."I'm certain that the transfer would be completed in a few days. Inter and Real Madrid already met," Martins was quoted as saying by Italy's largest sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport today.The first reports that Ronaldo was fed up with playing in Italy outraged Inter officials. But in recent days, club officials had seemed less set on hanging on to Ronaldo.Any transfer would have to be completed by August 31, which is the deadline for moves in the Italian league.Both Ronaldo and Martins are currently in Rio De Janeiro, ahead of Brazil's friendly match against Paraguay on Wednesday.Ronaldo, whose contract with Inter Milan is set to last through 2006, is reportedly keen to leave the Italian team because of his poor relations with Argentine coach Hector Cuper and bad associations with his time in Italy.(AP)



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