Ronaldo ‘will be a Manchester United player next season’ – does a hat-trick of titles beckon?

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It’s time for Red Devils fans to put the champagne on ice, your season isn’t over before it has begun! That’s because Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that he has spoken to star player Cristiano Ronaldo and, despite the attentions of Real Madrid, it appears as though the Scot has persuaded the Manchester United number seven to stay.

Goodness me, at last some breaking news on the story which has ran for months, despite anyone saying much of note. Setanta report that Fergie has confidently asserted that he will be retaining the services of last season’s Premier League top goalscorer for at least one more season, was it ever in doubt?!

“The meeting went well – I think we both put across our points of view – where we stand and where the player stands,” explained Ferguson.

“I can say he will be a Manchester United player next season. That’s our stance, he won’t be sold.”

Elaborating on the reason why this meeting had not taken place sooner, Ferguson pinned the blame on himself.

“I was on my holiday and I was not going to interrupt my holiday, believe me,” he added. “I wasn’t panicked because the player is under contract so the strength and the rights are with Manchester United.

“What we have done well is to say nothing. We’ve kept quiet on this matter and kept it private and what I said to Cristiano remains private. I did go and see him last week in Portugal and it was very amicable – there were no problems. That’s where we are and we carry on.”

Oh to be a fly on the wall when the pair were discussing the player’s future. Perhaps Ronaldo stressed that he would like to play for Real Madrid soon, Fergie asked him to stick around for another season for a load of extra cash, after which the forward agreed on the basis that he could move to the Spanish champions after this. Nevertheless, great news for United fans everywhere, surely there’s nobody who would have been happy to see him leave?!

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