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Ronaldo going nowhere, insists Man United chief

Manchester United chief executive David Gill has 'unequivocally' stated Cristiano Ronaldo will be at the club next season.

Renewed speculation linking the prolific forward with Real Madrid has surfaced in Spain this week but ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League final against Chelsea, Gill has insisted the 41-goal winger will remain at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson.

He told Sky Sports: 'Unequivocally yes, Cristiano will be with us next season.

'He's got a long-term contract, why would he leave one of the best clubs in Europe? We see no reason for him to leave and I'm sure he does not either.

'He doesn't need to reassure us at all. Sir Alex would be the person to speak to him but I don't think that's necessary, I just see Cristiano's attitude around the players and the team room now, when I speak to him about his successes this season, I think there is absolutely no necessity whatsoever to speak to him.

'He's on a long-term contract at one of the best, if not the best, clubs in the world. So why would he leave?

'It's not something that gives us sleepless nights at all,' Gill added.

'Unequivocally, Cristiano will be at our club next season.'

Asked whether there is a chance Ferguson could finally retire should United win in Moscow tonight, Gill said: 'That might be a debate in the media but it's certainly not a debate at the club. I'm sure he'll want to continue, there's no talk of any retirement.

'Why would he? He's got a great young team here, we invested heavily last summer, we'll see what we need to do this summer to take it forward.'


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