Portugal: Ronaldo future questions off-limits
NEUCHATEL, Switzerland, June 3 (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo's club future has become a taboo subject for Portugal at Euro 2008. Portugal's media officers refused to accept any question that deviated even slightly from the tournament at Tuesday's news conference at La Maladiere stadium in this lakeside city where the squad are based. The Portuguese federation, announcing the news conference on their Web site (www.fpf.pt), had said it would deal 'exclusively with the national team'. Defenders Bruno Alves and Jose Bosingwa were present but a question as to how well coach Luiz Felipe Scolari might fare in the English Premier League was rejected by press officer Antonio Florencio. Florencio later told Reuters that if Ronaldo has a decision to announce this week as to whether he is staying at Manchester United or moving to Real Madrid it would not come out of the Portuguese camp. 'If it's going to (be announced during the tournament) I think it will come through his agent,' he said of a subject that some Portuguese reporters are saying is causing discord in the camp. 'This is the national team. We have no business dealing with such matters,' he added. New Chelsea recruit Bosingwa, however, did touch slightly on club issues when he was asked what sort of a performance could be expected from him in the light of his transfer. 'You'll see the same Bosingwa of Porto. 'I have worked hard to get here, I'm an ambitious player, of course I want to get there (to a starting position),' said the Kinshasa-born 25-year-old four days before Portugal meet Turkey in their Group A opener in Geneva. Bosingwa said he was fit after doing separate work with the physical trainers at Monday's two practice sessions, having suffered some muscular pains. Asked if he believed that senior players in the squad were sure to hold their places in Scolari's starting lineup, he said: 'There are two players for each position, nobody can be sure (of his place). 'I'm not sure if I'm going to play but I want to help.'