Papers: Madrid admit defeat
Real admit Ronny is out of reach
Real Madrid sporting director Predrag Mijatovic admits it is virtually impossible that Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing for the Spanish giants in the future.
Ronaldo has been repeatedly linked with Real over the last couple of years, but has committed himself to a long-term contract at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese ace agreed a five-year contract extension with United last year, tying him to Old Trafford until 2012.
"Of course it would not be bad for us to have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, but he is at a great club like Manchester United. I see it as an impossible signing," Mijatovic told Radio Marca.Manchester Evening News
Elsewhere, a number of sports writers have written opinion pieces about Manchester City’s supporters’ request to hold a minute’s applause instead of the planned silence to remember those who died in the Munich air disaster. The Mirror
’s Oliver Holt believes most City fans will respect the gesture, but admits: “There is still a sizeable minority who will relish disrupting the silence purely because they know how important it is to United supporters that it be properly observed.”
Phil Bardsley’s transfer to Sunderland is also covered extensively, as is the FA’s decision not to examine Sir Alex’s reaction to Wayne Rooney’s goal at the Madejski Stadium.