It's just a matter of time before Ronaldo joins Real Madrid, says Bernabeu chief

17 February 2009 05:45
Catch him if you can: Real keep chasing Ronaldo

Real Madrid remain confident that they can prise Cristiano Ronaldo away from Manchester United

this summer.

Ronaldo came close to a move to the Spanish capital last summer before deciding to stay at Old Trafford.

Real are refusing to give up on their quest to sign the star in a transfer that would smash the £48million world record fee they paid for Zinedine Zidane.

Interim president Vicente Boluda reckons they will eventually lure Ronaldo to Spain.

Boluda, who replaced Ramon Calderon at the Bernabeu until the next elections, will be fighting former president Florentino Perez for the job full time when the vote is held in the summer.

Both are expected to make signing Ronaldo a priority and Boluda said: 'I'm convinced that we'll be able to see him (Ronaldo) at the Bernabeu.'

United have already denied claims that there is a secret agreement to sell Ronaldo to Real in the summer and will be infuriated by further public courting of their star player.

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He's behind you: Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos, pictured keeping an eye on Raul, has the backing of Vicente Boluda

Yet they are likely to face another battle to hold on to their prize asset when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.

Boluda also hopes he will be able to offer former Tottenham

boss Juande Ramos a new deal to remain in charge of the team, but he will not do so without the agreement of the presidential candidates.

Ramos's contract runs out at the end of the season and Liverpool

's Rafael Benitez and AC Milan's Carlo Ancelotti are among those tipped to be offered his job.

However, Boluda said: '(Ramos is) a great manager. I would like the presidencial candidates to allow me to offer him a contract extension before it's too late, but I won't do it without their authorisation.

'I'd be delighted if he was to stay.'

One person whose days could be number is sporting director Predrag Mijatovic, who has been criticised in some quarters for not delivering Ronaldo's signing when the Portugal star was keen to move last summer.

Boluda, in a wide-ranging interview with Spanish newspaper AS, said: 'I can not guarantee anything because in life there are many laps, but (Mijatovic) is a person who can help a lot and bring stability to the club.'

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