Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has accepted that his club's hopes of signing Cristiano Ronaldo have been ended by the winger pledging his future to Manchester United.
Real had hoped to try and lure the 23-year-old away from Old Trafford this summer and were given hope for several weeks by the player himself, but Ronaldo has now confirmed that he will stay with United next season.
Schuster told Marca: "You have to respect his decision. It's a decision we have to accept.
"He was free to do what he wanted and it's a shame that he isn't coming to us, because he's a player who would really have improved this great group.
"But it doesn't matter. We've got a great group to get started on an important league campaign and fight for all the objectives we've set.
"We've already discussed the fact that if we focused too much on Cristiano Ronaldo and hoped for a lot, then we could have a problem, especially if what's happening now happened, if he didn't come.
"Now we've signed Rafael van der Vaart and in three months we'll have a new signing in the shape of (the injured) Wesley Sneijder.
"There's no need now to panic and say we should sign such and such because we really only need players who can improve this group.
"For a team like Real Madrid that's difficult."