Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has reiterated his desire to keep Cristiano Ronaldo at the club, insisting that the Portugal international is happy at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo has been linked with a summer switch to Spain, and rumours intensified this week when the 22-year-old's agent, Jorge Mendes, was spotted with Barcelona's director of football Txiki Begiristain before Portugal's friendly with Brazil.
Ferguson is desperate to keep a player who has already scored 15 Premiership goals this term, saying: "The boy's happy here.
"Everything's fine, there are no issues. Speculation is always rife. I think in modern day football you have to accept it.
"I pick up the paper sometimes and read the players I'm going to buy. I say 'Well that's an interesting one, I've never thought of him'. So you're doing my scouting now.
"It's speculation, you're going to get that. It doesn't bother me. It's always an attraction in a better climate, obviously. It's always going to be that way.
"When you think about it what you can get at Manchester United, every week 67,000 people, you're not going to get that anywhere.
"I know that Real Madrid, Barcelona and Milan, when they've got big games, they can fill the place without question. But they don't fill them every week.
"Old Trafford is full every week which is fantastic. He knows he's at a good football club."