Real Madrid directors want an end to Ronaldos pursuit

July 30th, 2008 - 2:24 pm ICT by ANI  


London, July 30 (ANI): Directors of Real Madrid want the club to end their pursuit of ace striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

Fed-up board members told president Ramon Calderon on Monday that they couldnt risk missing out on signing other players while waiting for the Manchester United winger.

The Spanish giants have already set the wheels in motion to get Hamburgs Rafael van der Vaart instead, The Sun reported.

Some directors also openly disagreed with paying a world-record 80million pounds fee for the Portugal ace.

Calderon will now also try to land Valencia idol David Villa, who will cost around 30million pounds.

Yet he still hopes that Ronaldo will try to force his way out of Old Trafford when the player returns next week for a showdown with boss Alex Ferguson.

If, as expected, Ronaldo fails to persuade Fergie to let him go to Real, it will spell the end of Madrids efforts to sign the star this summer.

Holland schemer Van der Vaart plays in the same position as Ronaldo and will cost around 10million pounds.

Madrid directors expect to seal a deal this weekend when they meet Hamburgs chiefs in London after Arsenals Emirates Cup.

Real have not made a single signing and, crucially, the players already at the Bernabeu are becoming disgruntled by the constant speculation surrounding Ronaldos potential arrival. (ANI)

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