Ronaldo not leaving: Manchester United

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Manchester United has said there was "no possibility'' of Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club - despite his desire to move to Spain.

Ronaldo not leaving: Manchester United

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Manchester United has said there was "no possibility'' of Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club - despite his desire to move to Spain. "Manchester United has noticed the increasing media speculation over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo,'' said the club. "The club can confirm there is no possibility of Cristiano being sold. The club will not listen to any offers for Cristiano,'' it said. The 21-year-old Portuguese star's future at Old Trafford had been in doubt after he said he wanted to leave to play in Spain. Ronaldo has been vilified in England since his part in the sending-off of Wayne Rooney - his Manchester United teammate - in Portugal's win over England in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Rooney was ejected in the 62nd minute after stomping on Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho. Ronaldo ran up to the referee to protest Rooney's actions, and the England striker shoved him away. TV cameras caught Ronaldo winking toward the Portugal bench after Rooney was dismissed. Portugal went on to win in a penalty shootout. Manchester United said it expects Ronaldo to see out his contract, which runs until 2010. Real Madrid is one club that has publicly declared interest in Ronaldo. "He is a great player, but he's a Manchester United player,'' said Fabio Capello, new Madrid coach. ` "Players always want to play at Real Madrid and we're happy he might want to play here,'' he added. Ronaldo joined United in August 2003 from Sporting Lisbon at age 18 for 12.24 million pounds. (AP)

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