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Ronaldo staying at United

2009-04-06 17:15

London - Cristiano Ronaldo has moved to quash speculation linking him once more with a move to Real Madrid by insisting that Manchester United "is the right club for me".

Reports over the weekend claimed the Portugal forward had agreed a secret deal with the Spanish giants that would see him leave Old Trafford for the Bernabeu at the end of this season in a 75 million pounds transfer.

United privately dismissed the speculation as further attempts by Real to unsettle the 24-year-old following their failed attempt to sign him last July.

But Ronaldo, who has issued contradictory statements on his United future in the past, says he has no ambition to leave the English and European champions when asked to clarify his intentions ahead of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Porto.

"Always this question!," Ronaldo told reporters on Monday. "I am happy at this club and I think this is the right club for me.

"We are in a good moment now. We are on top of the league and we have everything to win again, so we are in a good way."

World Footballer of the Year Ronaldo has struggled to make the same impact this season that he had last term as United won the Premier League and Champions League.

The winger scored 42 goals last season to inspire United to glory, but his double in the 3-2 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday took his tally to just 15 league goals this campaign.

United's dramatic win against Villa, sealed with Italian teenager Federico Macheda's injury-time winner, put them back on top of the Premier League.

And manager Sir Alex Ferguson said the manner of United's win highlighted just why Old Trafford is the perfect place for Ronaldo to play his football.

"Ronaldo is doing it for us this season and, whether you like it or not, we are still in three competitions and we have a chance of winning all of them," Ferguson explained.

"That tells you that he (Ronaldo) is at the right club and he knows that. He is scoring goals again, his form has settled down and he could have scored four against Villa.

"It was an incredible performance, but the goals are starting to come for him now and, hopefully, Cristiano and the others will now go into overdrive between now and the end of the season.

"The Villa game was a defining moment for us. I picked the wrong team, asking Gary Neville to mark John Carew, but at 2-1 down, we played with abandon and got the goals to win us the game.

"It might give our supporters cardiac trouble, but it was fabulous to watch!"

United will aim to build a first-leg lead against Porto ahead of next week's second-leg in Portugal and Ferguson, who will be without injured England centre-back Rio Ferdinand while Macheda is on the bench, added the Portuguese champions would pose a stern challenge.

"When the draw was made, the first thing that Cristiano told me was that it would be tough.

"When you play teams that are regular champions of their league like Porto, they are always full of confidence and we will find that against Porto."

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