“He’s a fantastic player and I knew he would do well and improve tremendously there. He was still youngish when he left us and it was obvious he was going to be a top player in the world."

Sir Alex on Ronaldo

11/02/2013 13:00, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Ronny bound to be great

"Everyone goes on about that but I don’t see it," added Sir Alex. "He’s got two-and-a-half years left on his contract and to try and buy that at the moment, you’d be talking about hundreds of millions. It rules out everyone, including Barcelona. I think Madrid are trying hard to get him to a new contract and I think that’s happening.

"The glare of publicity he gets in Madrid is different to here. The players here, I think, are quite well protected – especially in the training sessions. There are cameras everywhere at Madrid as everyone knows. I think he will miss a lot of things here [at United] but that's not stopped him progressing as a footballer. His progress has been brilliant.”

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