Real hold Ronaldo hope

17 February 2009 07:54
Real Madrid president Vicente Boluda has reiterated the club's confidence that they will sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Ronaldo saga dominated European football last summer when Real tried, but in the end failed, to land the Manchester United star following Euro 2008.

Real have never given up on their desire to land Ronaldo and reports from Spain in recent weeks have suggested that not only finances are in place - but a pre-contract is done.

Manchester United have always stood firm over Ronaldo, but again comments from the Spanish capital are likely to irk the Old Trafford camp further.

Speaking on Cadena Ser's El Larguero programme, Boluda admitted the club remain confident of landing Ronaldo.

When asked about the United star, Boluda replied: "I am convinced we will see him at the Bernabeu."

Boluda inherited the top job at Real when Ramon Calderon was forced to step down last month.

He will not be standing for election in the summer, when former chief Florentino Perez will be amongst those battling for the top job at the club, but he admits he is hoping the presidential candidates may allow him to extend the deal of coach Juande Ramos.

Ramos stayThe former Spurs chief took charge in December after Bernd Schuster departed the club and he has impressed during his time at the club.

"I want the candidates to allow me to renew the deal of Juande," he said,

"He is a great coach and I will authorise his stay, if I can - I would love him to continue."

Boluda also confirmed the departure of the club's chief director Miguel Angel Arroyo.

"He wanted to retire, and I believe that position in the organisation was not necessary and it was a good opportunity for the club to save money as he waived his 50 per cent compensation available to him," he said.

But he was quick to rule out the departure of sporting director Pedrag Mijatovic would be next out of the exit door.

"I count on him, he used to play here in Madrid, was a champion, and knows more about football than anyone - he helps the dressing room," he said.

"He is a person who brings stability to the club."

Source: SKY_Sports