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.

24/06/2008 07:03

Papers: Real won't pay

Real: We won't pay £80m
Real Madrid last night ruled out a mega-bid for Cristiano Ronaldo. President Ramon Calderon denied Real will smash the transfer world record by saying: “We’ll never pay £80million for one player.” And in another amazing twist, SunSport can reveal United would not be allowed to let Ronaldo rot in the stands rather than let him go. FIFA rules state a player can walk away if he features in fewer than 10 per cent of his club’s matches in a season. Calderon, who has infuriated United boss Alex Ferguson with his public chasing of Ronaldo, now claims to be delighted the player has made public his desire to move to the Bernabeu. He said: “We are very happy with the declaration of the player. But it does not depend on him, it depends on United. There is no issue with Ronaldo but they don’t want to sell. The English club have to make the first step. United have the last word.”
Antony Kastrinakis, The Sun

Meanwhile, United team-mate Nani has urged his pal not to sign for Real. "Of course, I want him to stay. When I arrived he was a great support," he said.

In other news, it's reported that United pocketed a huge £34million for conquering Europe as the top four raked in record amounts of UEFA cash. United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal earned a combined £102m from the Champions League — not including match-day income. But the bonanza has left UEFA fearing they are creating a Premier League monster. So Euro chiefs will ask the big four to take a pay cut in future to help make English club football more competitive.

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