Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says his club did well to keep hold of Portuguese ace Cristiano Ronaldo as long as they did.
The 24-year-old is poised to complete a world record £80million transfer to Real Madrid, having come close to joining the Spanish giants a year ago.
Ferguson told The Mail on Sunday: "He wanted to leave, it's as simple as that.
"He was going to go some time. We've done well to keep him for so long."
Ronaldo joined United in the summer of 2003 from Sporting Lisbon in a £12.24million deal and has since scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for the Red Devils.
While, Ronaldo is set to move on, defender Nemanja Vidic has pledged his future to the Old Trafford club, having recently been linked with Barcelona.
He told the News of the World: "I am very happy here and next season we will start again. I have got no desire to go anywhere.
"People forget that when you join a new league you don't just have to adjust to the country, you also have to adjust to the style of football.
"I feel my game is well adjusted to England now and I want to play a part in a successful team next season.
"United can make it a record four titles in a row next year."