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50-50: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

Champions League 7 hours ago
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Jun 11, 2009

Real defender Pepe delighted with Ronaldo bid

Real Madrid defender Pepe is "very happy" that Manchester United have accepted an £80m ($131.6m or €93.9m) offer for Cristiano Ronaldo and is eager to welcome his Portugal colleague to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Pepe, who played alongside the World and European Player of the Year on Saturday as Portugal beat Albania 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier, said: "I'm very happy because it is another Portuguese player who will be in Spanish football and I hope it's completed as soon as possible to have him for next season."

"The transfer has made history, but Real know Cristiano Ronaldo's potential well and the qualities he has to help the club perform."

If the transfer goes through, Madrid will have spent an unprecedented amount of money in such a short period of time following their successful £59m deal ($97m or €69m) for Kaka earlier this week.

Manchester United issued a statement that revealed the club expected "matters to be concluded by June 30" while Madrid said they aimed to "reach an agreement with the player in coming days".

It is not likely to be the end of their summer spending spree and Pepe, who was a €30m signing from FC Porto in 2007, hopes the newcomers will gel quickly to create a side capable of challenging bitter rivals Barcelona, who won the treble last season

"I hope we have a united team, with a good style of play," he added. "I hope it will be a competitive team to do well in the Champions League and go as far as possible."

Bruno Alves, meanwhile, believes his Portugal team-mate is worth every penny.

"For me he is the best in the world," he said. "I think this is his real value, if Real Madrid are prepared to pay this.

"It's good for him and I think he will do even better there."

United and Portugal team-mate Nani admits Ronaldo will be missed but believes they have enough quality already at Old Trafford to ensure his absence is not felt too keenly.

"Cristiano's departure is not impossible to fix," he told the Portuguese press. "He will be missed but United have other players who can replace him."

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