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Serie A heavyweights head-to-head

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By ESPN Staff
Jan 26, 2007

Ronaldo going nowhere, insists Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has slapped a 'not for sale' notice on Cristiano Ronaldo, no matter how much Real Madrid are prepared to pay for the brilliant Manchester United winger.

Reports in Spain suggest the nine-times European champions are preparing a massive £35million offer for the 21-year-old, who expressed a desire to join the club during last summer's World Cup.

Since then, Ronaldo has returned to Manchester, has risen above the abuse of opposition fans and produced the best form of his life.

With 13 Premiership goals to his name, Ronaldo trails only Didier Drogba in the scoring charts and he is one of the major contenders for this season's prestigious player of the year awards.

Earlier this week, Ferguson's assistant Carlos Queiroz suggested United were ready to open contract negotiations with Ronaldo, even though the Portugal international's present deal does not expire until 2010.

Ferguson joked he would be 'in a wheelchair' by that time, although he was deadly serious when he stated Real have no chance of getting their man.

'We sell players we want to sell and there is absolutely no way Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving,' he said.

'The boy has done fantastically well. He is developing as a professional, as a person and as a player.

'He is happy here. He has a contract until 2010 and we are not interested in even thinking about selling him.'