Ronaldo refuses to placate ManU as Real Madrid rumours continueJune 9th, 2008 - 1:42 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 9 (ANI): Ace Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo has once again attracted interest in his future plans, by insisting that he still has not decided on where he will be playing his football next season.
Real Madrid is desperate for Ronaldo to demand a transfer as soon as Portugals Euro 2008 campaign ends. The Spanish giants want him to deliver the ultimatum to Manchester United before jetting off on holiday.
After helping Portugal secure a 2-0 win over Turkey last night, Ronaldo refused to declare his intended destination for the start of the next campaign.
He is reported to have told Marca: I still dont know where I will play, I have not decided yet. I will talk after the European Championships.
Real followed the same strategy when they signed Zinedine Zidane from Juventus for a world record 47million pound fee seven years ago.
If the plan fails, Real Madrid will expect Ronaldo to go on strike, The Sun reported.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are growing increasingly frustrated with the attempts of Real Madrid to keep deal open, and Ronaldo himself is intent on keeping everybody guessing.
Alex Ferguson fears that he has lost the battle to keep Ronaldo after a sensational snub by the Portuguese star.
Ronaldo has refused to take a single phone call from the Manchester United boss since announcing that he wants to quit Old Trafford for Real Madrid.
Sources close to Ferguson believe the relationship between him and the United winger has disintegrated and could lead to Ronaldos inevitable departure.
Ferguson is desperate to speak to him in a bid to convince him to stay in England. But the longer Ronaldo blanks his boss, the less chance Ferguson has of changing his mind.
The club will do everything in their power to keep Ronaldo but it seems like Fergie is facing a losing battle at the moment, a source close to Ferguson said.
United are willing to make Ronaldo the highest-paid player in the world thanks to a sponsorship deal with Nike which would have sent the 23-year-olds wages soaring past the 200,000 pound-a-week mark. (ANI)
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