Blatter Irks Manchester United Over Ronaldo

MANCHESTER United have disputed Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s suggestion that winger Cristiano Ronaldo should be allowed to leave the club if he wants.

 

Ronaldo (23), has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and said it would be a “dream” to play for the Spanish side.

Blatter insists players should be free to play where they want, comparing transfer trends to “modern slavery”.

But a United spokesman said: “All our players enter into their contracts after an open and free negotiation.”

And the statement continued: “Most of whom do after taking advice from a Fifa-registered agent.

“Many do so on a number of occasions and enjoy long and successful stays at Old Trafford.”

Portugal international Ronaldo, who scored 42 goals as United won the Premier League title and Champions League last season, has a deal until 2012 and the club have repeatedly said he is not for sale.

But Blatter told Sky News: “I’m always in favour of protecting the player and if the player wants to leave let him leave.

“If the player wants to play somewhere else, then a solution should be found because if he stays in a club where he does not feel comfortable to play then it’s not good for the player and for the club.

“I think in football there’s too much modern slavery in transferring players or buying players here and there, and putting them somewhere.

“We are trying now to intervene in such cases. The reaction to the Bosman law is to make long-lasting contracts in order to keep the players and then if he wants to leave, then there is only one solution, he has to pay his contract.”

Real president Ramon Calderon is keen to sign Ronaldo and last week he said that the player will be the one who ultimately decides where he plays next season. –– BBC Sports.

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