Gill rebuffs Ronaldo's Real rumours, declaring United winger is not for sale
17 May 2009 03:55
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Manchester United chief executive David Gill says there is no need to discuss Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Old Trafford with the winger, reiterating the Portuguese is not for sale.
Ronaldo's future is consistently coming under the spotlight with Real Madrid linked to a move for the Portuguese.
However, Gill insists he has not spoken to the world player of the year as he is, and will remain, a Red Devils player.
'We've never had that discussion. There's absolutely no point in having that discussion. We made it clear last year he's on a long-term contract with us and it's never come up.
'He's been fantastic both on and off the pitch throughout, he's supported us in what we want to do commercially and he's been a model professional.
'He is not for sale. He's a great player and he's part of our club,' Gill told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.
Ronaldo's United team-mate Carlos Tevez yesterdat revealed that he fully expects to leave Old Trafford after the Champions League final against Barcelona in Rome.
Tevez said: 'I know that I am not going to continueat Manchester United. I feel that they have lacked respect towards me.It's not about whether they pay £5m more or £5m less, but I feel I havebeen badly treated. There are ways in which the club is managed that Idon't understand.
'Whenyou don't agree with the manager in how the club is run.I don't havefaith in a lot of things that happen here. I've been here for two yearsand the directors have never come to speak to me. Not once have I had ameeting with them. Therefore, it's best that I leave the club so as notto clash with Alex Ferguson and the directors. Neither do I understandwhy I don't play in the team.'
Ronaldo was part of the United team that yesterday claimed its 11th Premier League title, and their third in a row, while next week the 24-year-old will appear in his second Champions League final when Barcelona are the opponents in Rome.
Gill believes such continuous success would make the Old Trafford club far more alluring than Real Madrid should they start making noises again this summer, as he expects them to.
'I'm sure the Spanish press will start rumours and start that whole process going again,' Gill continued.
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'There's a (presidential) election as we know at Real Madrid and we've seen it all before with many of our players over the years since I've been with the club, and that will happen.
'But we're not prepared to use the papers in that way at Manchester United and I think we've got to be confident that Cristiano will stay.
'He's had an excellent season, he didn't score as many goals as last year but nonetheless is the top scorer in the Premier League, he is a fantastic player.
'All we know is you just have to see our dressing room after the game yesterday, after we win a trophy.
'Footballers want to win things and I think any footballer would recognise he has much more chance of winning things, certainly in the short to medium term, at Manchester United than Real Madrid.'
Carlos Tevez has replaced Ronaldo recently in the spotlight with his future at Old Trafford up in the air.
When asked whether the Argentinian staying in the north west was linked to whether Ronaldo leaves, Gill insisted: 'No, not at all.'