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Heinze slams Fergie's Ronaldo theory as fiction

Former Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze has hit back at Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson was quoted this week claiming Real Madrid only signed Heinze as a means of luring Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu.

The Argentinian, who moved to Spain last year after United refused to let him join Liverpool, said: ''This theory of Ferguson about me going to Real in order to persuade Cristiano to come the following summer is a work of absolute fiction.

''I am a very good friend of Cristiano Ronaldo. This is true, but he always decides his own future. Cristiano is a clever person and he decides himself what is best for his own life.

''If he asks me a question about Real then, of course, I will answer, but I'm not a bad influence on him.

''Ferguson has spoken about me in the last months and I don't understand this. I thought he had forgotten me.

''He's the boss at United and any person who protests about anything is marginalised. This was my problem at times when I was there. Ferguson cannot stop my quotes because I'm not now at United.''

He added: ''I'm actually convinced Cristiano would offer Madrid even bigger performances than he has at United. That is my opinion and it is normal that I have wanted him to come and play with us here in La Liga.''

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