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.

22/05/2009 07:19

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.

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