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.''