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17/07/2009 08:43

Papers: Seventh wonder

Ronaldo: Owen will fill my shirt
Cristiano Ronaldo has backed Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to hand Michael Owen the No 7 shirt, insisting the surprise free transfer is worthy of wearing Manchester United's most famous jersey. Having inherited the number from David Beckham, Ronaldo knows a thing or two about pulling on one of the most revered shirts in football. Speaking from Real's training camp close to Dublin, Ronaldo said: "Michael Owen is an experienced player who has played for some of the biggest clubs. He doesn't have to feel extra pressure just because he has the No 7. I think Manchester United did well giving him the shirt. He is a great player and an English player and he has everything you need to win. It was a good decision to give him the No 7."
Simon Cass, Daily Mail

Meanwhile, The Times claim United have cooled their pursuit of Brazilian forward Douglas Costa amid frustration at the exorbitant demands of Gremio. United opened negotiations with Gremio last month, but discussions are unlikely to resume this summer unless the Brazilian club dramatically reduce their £20million asking price.

In his column for The Sun, former England boss Terry Venables says Samuel Eto'o is the man to fill the void left by Ronaldo and Tevez. Sky Sports are reporting, however, that Barca striker Eto'o is on his way to Inter Milan with Zlatan Ibrahimovic going in the opposite direction.

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