December 18, 2008

Ferguson Says Real Madrid Has ‘No Chance’ to Move for Ronaldo

Real Madrid has “no chance” of signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson said, a day after El Mundo reported the reigning Ballon d’Or winner will join the Spanish champion next year.

The Spanish newspaper cited a private conversation Real Madrid director Pedro Trapote had with a business associate in which he said the move couldn’t be announced yet because of confidentiality clauses in a contract. The report didn’t give further details about the agreement.

“They’ve got no chance,” Ferguson told reporters in Yokohama, Japan, after United beat Gamba Osaka 5-3 to reach the Club World Cup final. “There’s no agreement between the two sides. That’s a no.”

It’s the latest friction between United and Madrid over Ronaldo, whose 42 goals last season helped him win the Ballon d’Or award for soccer’s best player. Ronaldo was linked in media reports to a move to Madrid before the current season.

A call to David Jimenez, a Madrid spokesman, seeking comment today wasn’t immediately returned.

United complained to world ruling body FIFA in June, saying Madrid “continued to involve itself in the future” of the Portuguese forward. Madrid denied wrongdoing at the time, saying it hadn’t held talks with Ronaldo.

FIFA took no action and instead asked the Spanish soccer federation to remind the team about the “potential legal consequences” of inducing Ronaldo to break his United contract.

Source: Bloomber UK

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