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 Posted by ESPN Staff
May 10, 2006

Sheepish Ronaldo tries to rebuild bridges at Madrid

MADRID, May 10 (Reuters) - Brazil striker Ronaldo looked to rebuild bridges with Real Madrid on Wednesday when he said he would be happy to stay at the Primera Liga club.

"At the moment there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the club after a difficult year," Ronaldo told a news conference.

"But I have a contract with Real (until 2008) so when I return from (next month's) World Cup, if the new president wants me I would be delighted to stay."

The striker appeared to be on his way out in February when, after being whistled by a section of fans, he said he would consider his future at the end of the season.

Florentino Perez then quit as club president to be replaced by Fernando Martin, who in turn was ousted by the board last month.

A presidential election is due to be held at the end of the season although the result is not expected to be known until early July.

Ronaldo's attitude to the Real supporters remains cautious.

"I am happy in Madrid and want to be successful here but if the fans don't want me I don't want to be a problem for them," he said.

"Many times the responsibility if things go wrong seems to fall on one or two players, and one bad event affects the atmosphere and the team's performance.

"I hope things are put right soon so that everyone can be a little calmer and we can all look forward to a great season next year."

Real are coming to the end of their third successive season without a major trophy, their worst run for more than 50 years.

Ronaldo is likely to miss Real's last game of the season against Sevilla on Tuesday because of injury but is looking ahead to the World Cup in Germany in positive mood.

"It has been a difficult year for me with injuries but I have got over them and the important thing now is to prepare properly for the World Cup," he said.

"I am not aiming to be the top scorer, I just want to win the Cup and if I can score three or more goals I will be happy."

Ronaldo joined Real from Inter Milan in 2002 for 35 million euros ($41.79 million).

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