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Oct 30, 2008

Calderon dismisses Ferguson criticism

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has laughed off Sir Alex Ferguson's latest criticism of the Spanish club's transfer policy.

Manchester United manager Ferguson claimed earlier this week that Madrid had only signed Gabriel Heinze from the Red Devils in 2007 as a means of luring Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu.

Ferguson insists that over the past two-years Madrid have used every trick in the book to try and persuade the newly crowned FIFPro World Player of the Year to join Real, including buying up his colleagues.

"I don't believe they were interested in Heinze - good player though he is. The end game was to get Ronaldo,'' Ferguson said in an interview with GQ Magazine:

"What made it really obscene was that Madrid, as General Franco's club, had a history of being able to get whoever and whatever they wanted, before democracy came to Spain," the 66-year-old said.

Calderon responded to those comments by telling Marca: "I'm not going to waste any time answering him, I admire his record, but he is getting old."

Earlier this week Calderon claimed their pursuit of Ronaldo was over.

"It is forgotten, not only for January but forever ... We would only talk about it if Manchester decide they want to sell him. But the matter is over," the Real president said.

Heinze himself was reported to refer to Ferguson's theory as "a work of absolute fiction'' and added that Portuguese ace Ronaldo would play even better at Madrid than at United.

However, a statement on the Real Madrid website denied that he made any of the comments that appeared in some of the English media.

The statement read: "Heinze wants to make it clear that at no point has he made any statement to those media who made these supposed declarations of his.''

Earlier this week Calderon stated that he wanted to put an end to all the bickering surrounding his club's failed transfer bid for Ronaldo and claimed Real's pursuit of the United forward was over.

"It is forgotten, not only for January but forever ... We would only talk about it if Manchester decide they want to sell him. But the matter is over," the Real president said.

''Madrid is not doing anything to disturb a 'friend club' like Manchester. We are two very big clubs. We want to be good friends forever."

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