Papers: Ronny wants to stay
Ronaldo: I'm staying
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Manchester United the perfect boost to their Champions League final preparations last night by announcing his intention to stay at Old Trafford. The World Player of the Year was widely expected to renew his pursuit of a “dream” transfer to Real Madrid this summer after the match against Barcelona in Rome on Wednesday. However he has concluded that his career would be best served by staying put for the next 12 months. Interviewed yesterday by one of the same Spanish radio stations that he used to flirt brazenly with Real last summer, Ronaldo said: “At the moment I’m only thinking about the [Champions League] final, independently of what will happen to me or my team-mates next season. I’m sure [Florentino] Pérez [who is expected to be elected Real president next month] would create an incredible team at Madrid, but at the moment I’m at United and I don’t care about what happens there. I only care about what will happen next season at Manchester United.” Oliver Kay, The Times
Meanwhile, Patrice Evra
says he is fully confident he can deal with the threat posed by Lionel Messi
in Rome next Wednesday. Messi has also been talking to the press about the final, insisting Barca are the people's champions and deserve to win the Champions League.The Sun
speculates over Sir Alex's starting XI
in Rome and reckon he will stick with the same side that beat Arsenal in the semi-final with Giggs coming in for Fletcher, leaving Tevez and Berbatov on the bench.
In other news, Ji-sung Park
insists Tevez is United’s best player and must stay at Old Trafford. The Korean is close friends with Tevez and says it would be "very disappointing" if he left.