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.

15/01/2013 09:53

Papers: I'll be back

The Daily Star's Paul Brown writes...

Ronaldo: I'll be back in two years


Cristiano Ronaldo last night told his Premier League suitors they will have to wait two years to sign him. Manchester United want Ronaldo back at Old Trafford next season, while City are prepared to pay big bucks to bring the winger to the Etihad. But Ronaldo last night dashed their hopes of signing him this summer by insisting he wants to see out his Real Madrid contract, which runs until June 2015. That had been in doubt when he declared he was “sad” for professional reasons in September, when talks over a new deal first stalled. Ronaldo said: “I want to see out my contract at Real Madrid. I’m very clear about that. After that, well, I don’t know what’ll happen in the future. Am I happy? Honestly, yes. I’m doing something I enjoy. I know how fortunate I am and I feel very fulfilled.”

If that all sounds like it's playing to the transfer rumours crowd, Ronaldo is at least concentrating on Real Madrid's forthcoming Champions League tie against United. The Sun quotes him saying: “There’s more pressure at Madrid than United. Everyone is totally focused on winning the club’s tenth European Cup. That creates a certain amount of anxiety, which can be felt at times.”

The Daily Star claims that David De Gea is the no.1 target on Barcelona's shortlist of top European goalkeepers they would like to sign.

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway says he powerless to prevent Wilfried Zaha from leaving Selhurst Park, with United touted as one of the 20-year-old attacker's many suitors. "After what he did against Stoke at Selhurst Park the vultures came in for him — what can I do about it?" he says in The Sun. "People should be talking about him. He can play anywhere he likes, he is that bloody good.”

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