WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

25/07/2008 09:43

Papers: Glazers want Ronny

Gill: Glazers want Ronaldo to stay
United chief executive David Gill has revealed the decision to keep Cristiano Ronaldo on board was taken with the full blessing of the Glazer family. He said that a "short, quick conversation" with the owners took place at the Champions League final in May when there were already rumours about Real Madrid's interest in the Portugal winger. The Spanish club have continued to court the 23-year-old, who scored 42 goals last season, but United are adamant he is not for sale. Gill said: "We saw them (the owners) at the Champions League final and the speculation was already present then. It was a short, quick conversation. Under the PLC regime, we would not have had to sell him but we would have had to be more public. We would would have had to consult major shareholders a lot more. Ultimately it would have been a more public situation. As it is we have had one phone call, one chat in Moscow and the decision was made. Full stop."
Manchester Evening News

According to The Sun, Ronaldo has told "close pal" and Real defender Pepe that he still harbours hopes of a move to the Bernabeu.

Meanwhile, Gill is quoted in The Mirror as saying that India is the next country in which United want to increase their influence. Gill said: "We've worked on our global position for many years but it would be wrong to think we're impregnable. India is interesting. We've been approached to go there and we're looking at some Soccer School opportunities."

In other news, Sir Alex Ferguson has said he believes South Africa has "a lot to offer" and will be equipped to host the World Cup in two years. United play the final game of their tour of the country against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

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