Ronaldo proud of Real bid

12 June 2009 07:22
Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed his delight after Real Madrid agreed a world record deal of £80million with Manchester United for his services. The Red Devils confirmed they had accepted the fee for the Portugal international, who is currently on holiday in the United States, on Thursday. Ronaldo is flattered that two of the world's biggest clubs want him to play for them and says the £80million Real are willing to splash out on his signature is an 'historic' deal. The 24-year-old 2008 World Player of the Year is yet to agree personal terms with Real and insists that his minor hernia injury will not require surgery or delay a deal. "It's flattering when two of the top teams in the world want you to play for them," he told Fox Sports. "The deal is historic - £80m is quite a sum of money. "I learned about the deal here in LA and have heard from my people that Manchester United have accepted. "However, I have also been told that Madrid want to have a medical team look at me as expected. "I do not require surgery. The hernia is nothing to worry about. "I am on vacation and will remain in LA a bit more." United fans have demanded all the £80million received from Real for Ronaldo is reinvested in the team - with Carlos Tevez top of their wish-list. United have been trying to broker a deal with Tevez's advisor Kia Joorabchian, who had a meeting with chief executive David Gill last week aimed at resolving the matter. However, with a world-record fee at their disposal if, as expected, Ronaldo moves to the Bernabeu later this month, United supporters see no reason to stall any longer, while Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Antonio Valencia of Wigan remain major targets. Most United supporters will be happy to accept Ferguson's judgement on a player who nearly left Old Trafford last summer, since when his elaborate posturing and ego have only increased. But, as compensation for losing the world player of the year, they want an assurance the massive fee will not be used to pay off part of the Glazer family's £650million debt. "There is no information that it is anything other than the manager's decision but obviously there is huge pressure on the owners and it is a temptation when you are offered that much money," said Duncan Drasdo, chairman of the Manchester United Supporters Trust. "That is exactly why we want to see a commitment from the owners that the money is going to remain within the club and available to strengthen the squad. "We have sold the best player in the world. That is a big disappointment. If the money is reinvested into the club at least it will soften the blow."

Source: SKY_Sports

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