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Ronaldo to start Real hunt
20 Jun 2008 - 08:09:38
Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo will make an announcement about his future in the next few days, following Portugal's exit from Euro 2008 at the hands of Germany.
The 23-year-old is expected to say that he wants to quit Old Trafford to join Real Madrid, although the Red Devils had previously threatened to leave him in the stands rather than sell him.
Ronaldo said after the 3-2 quarter-final loss to the Germans: "In two or three days time I will announce my future, because the tournament is over for me.
"I will speak to Manchester United. I will try to reach an agreement and we will see.
"The possibilities of going to Real are big, but it doesn't depend on me and because of that I don't want to talk about it.
"Everyone knows what I want, but in the next two or three days you'll have something new.
"It is a dream, a step forward, you can call it what you want. For me it is a great opportunity and as Luiz Felipe Scolari says, that train passes by only once and we have to take advantage of it.
"You will soon know what I want. You do know what I want and that is why I don't want to say anything else."
Real director, Miguel Angel Arroyo, had yesterday hinted that the Spanish giants were just waiting for a statement from Ronaldo to officially launch a bid for the United star.
He told Marca: "We are waiting for Ronaldo to say something and, as soon as he says he wants to play for Real Madrid, there will be conversations between the two clubs.
"We would willingly reach an agreement with Manchester United if it is possible, that is to say, if they want to sell and if the price was affordable."