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.

21/01/2009 08:45

Papers: Ronaldo settled

Old Trafford 'Is My Home'


Cristiano Ronaldo has given the clearest sign yet that he intends to stay at Manchester United beyond the summer. The FIFA World Player of the Year has been continually linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid despite United's insistence that he would not be sold. But the Portuguese forward dismissed talk of a move to the Spanish capital as 'speculation' and claimed Old Trafford is his 'home'. Speaking to Portuguese channel RTP, Ronaldo said: "Everything that revolves around Cristiano Ronaldo is a bit of speculation. Everything that I do generates a certain interest from the press and public. But 90% of what is said and written about me stems from speculation. The only thing that is true is that I am happy at Manchester United. This is my home. Because I am winning things, because of friends, because of fans, I have always felt very loved. I feel at home here, it is a very lovely stage in my career, as much because of the coach, who has always supported me, as because of the players. I feel part of the furniture at United. I don't know what is going to happen tomorrow, but I feel very happy here."
Staff reporter, Daily Mail

United's Carling Cup semi-final victory over Derby County leaves the Reds in with a shout of winning five major trophies this season. With the Club World Cup already in the bag, The Sun's Neil Custis writes: "United are on course for their second trophy of the season. They have had plenty of Doubles and the only English Treble. But five? Surely they can't."

The Reds' march to Wembley came at a price, with Anderson, Rafael and Jonny Evans picking up injuries, and minor knocks for Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Nani. "It's been a bad night for us in that way," admits Sir Alex Ferguson.

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