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Madrid chief Boluda confident of signing Ronaldo

Real Madrid's interim president Vicente Boluda is confident the club will sign Manchester United midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo.

Boluda, who inherited the top job at Real when Ramon Calderon was forced to step down last month, has added to speculation that the Portuguese is on his way to Spain by telling Cadena Ser's El Larguero programme: ''I am convinced we will see him at the Bernabeu.''

Real have made no secret of their desire to sign the World Player of the Year and these latest comments from the club are likely to further antagonise the Old Trafford outfit, who were embroiled in a bitter war of words with Los Blancos during the summer.

Reports from Spain in recent weeks have suggested that Real have the cash to buy Ronaldo, and even claim a pre-contract deal has already been agreed.

However, United, who have stood firm over the player, will not be pleased that a fresh twist in the saga appears set to unfold as the season approaches a crucial phase.

Boluda has the job at the Bernabeu until the summer, although will not be standing for election when former chief Florentino Perez will be amongst those battling for the presidential role at the club.

However, Boluda admits he is hoping the candidates may allow him to extend the deal of coach Juande Ramos, after the former Spurs boss impressed during his few months in charge.

Ramos took over from Bernd Schuster in December and has led the club to within ten points of leaders Barcelona, with the club conceding only one goal in their last eight league games.

''I want the candidates to allow me to renew the deal of Juande,'' he said. ''He is a great coach and I will authorise his stay, if I can - I would love him to continue.''

Boluda also confirmed the departure of the club's chief director Miguel Angel Arroyo.

''He wanted to retire, and I believe that position in the organisation was not necessary and it was a good opportunity for the club to save money as he waived his 50 per cent compensation available to him,'' he said.

But he was quick to rule out the departure of sporting director Pedrag Mijatovic.

''I count on him, he used to play here in Madrid, was a champion, and knows more about football than anyone - he helps the dressing room,'' he said. ''He is a person who brings stability to the club.''

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