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By ESPN Staff

Raul refutes Fergie's Ronaldo 'mistake' barb

Real Madrid captain Raul has hit back at Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's claims that Cristiano Ronaldo would be making a big mistake if he joined the Spanish champions.

Real have made no secret of their desire to sign the Portugal star, who has repeatedly fanned the flames by refusing to commit to United and admitting a move to the Bernabeu is his dream.

Ferguson remains confident Ronaldo will be at Old Trafford next season and on Monday went so far as to claim the winger would be risking his career by moving to Real.

However, in a press conference on Tuesday, Raul retorted: 'Madrid is the best thing that could happen to anyone.

'I have been here 14 years and I would not change it for anything.'

The former Spain international also dismissed suggestions there would be dressing room unrest if Ronaldo joined on a lucrative deal.

'Any club would like to have Ronaldo. He's one of the best, one of the most tricky players in the world of football,' said Raul.

'I think the good atmosphere would continue regardless of who comes in or what they earn. That unity can't be broken'.

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