Ronaldo relishing Real move

22 June 2009 09:11
Cristiano Ronaldo is looking forward to plying his trade at Real Madrid as his move from Manchester Utd draws ever closer.[LNB] The Portuguese star has undergone medical tests with Madrid ahead of his record-breaking move to the Bernabeu.[LNB]Real agreed a £80million fee with United earlier this month for the World Player of the Year and Ronaldo is expected to tie up the move next month.[LNB]Ronaldo is relishing the challenge of joining Real and admits he cannot wait to seal the switch to the Spanish giants.[LNB]"As I've already said in every interview. Real Madrid is the club in which I've always wanted to play," Ronaldo told Marca.[LNB]"It will be good to play with Kaka, a player who was the Ballon d'Or, the best in the world, but also with Raul, (Iker) Casillas and Guti.[LNB]"If I'm allowed, now I want to rest, because the negotiations are still not concluded.[LNB]"I want to start pre-season well, that's what I really want.[LNB]"The truth is that I'm eager to start."[LNB]He added: "I still don't have a house in Madrid, but I'll set aside time to look. I also want to learn Spanish, but this is the time to rest, to be with my family, so I can then start strongly and give the best of me.[LNB]"I know that the expectations are great but I have to get used to that."[LNB]Ronaldo also confirmed he had undergone medical tests over the weekend and that his fitness was fine: [LNB]"Everything went perfectly," claimed Ronaldo.[LNB]ChallengeThe 24-year-old admits it may take him a while to adapt to life in La Liga after six years in England[LNB].[LNB]"It will be a little difficult at the start because I was at Manchester United for six years," noted Ronaldo.[LNB]"In England, they play a more physical style of football, faster, but that is not an excuse. I only hope that I can adapt as quickly as possible."[LNB]"My life is based on challenges. Every year at Manchester United I had that. This is a different season because everything is new and that's why it's a different challenge.[LNB]"Winning titles is the challenge. Madrid are used to winning things, the same as Manchester United. I have high hopes and I'm certain that everything will turn out well."[LNB]Ronaldo, who admits he does not yet know what shirt number he will wear at Madrid or when he will be officially presented, also had a message to United fans.[LNB]He said: "I want to take advantage of the chance to ask the fans and the people of Manchester United to understand my decision. It's going to be a very big challenge for me."[LNB]

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