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Ronaldo backs Blatter's 'slavery' comments

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has backed FIFA president Sepp Blatter's condemnation of 'modern slavery' in the modern game.

When asked about Ronaldo's long-mooted prospective transfer to Real Madrid, Blatter yesterday suggested that there was a trend towards treating players like slaves in the transfer process.

His comments have been met with criticism in some areas, with Professional Footballers' Association chairman Chris Powell calling for him to retract the comments while UEFA president Michel Platini reacted by highlighting the spiralling wage demands of players.

But Ronaldo, who is currently recovering from ankle surgery after taking part for Portugal in Euro 2008, has failed to commit himself to United and has given mixed messages about Real's obvious interest.

He has now supported Blatter's stand, but refused to shed any more light on the proposed transfer.

'I agree with the comments of the president of FIFA. What he said is right,' he told Portuguese channel TVI.

'At the moment there is no agreement with Real Madrid. We have to wait for the next few days to see, but I do not know where I will begin next season.

'This is all I have to say at the moment.'

Regarding his injury, the winger confirmed he would be out for as long as three months but remained upbeat about his rehabilitation.

'I'm very well. I'm optimistic. My recovery is going well. Everything is fine.'


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