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.''
Here we go again.
Just take it as entertainment. The man needs to say something +ve in his position and the journalist has to write something or else cannot meet his KPIs.
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Aiya, Ronaldo has a contract with Man Utd. If Man Utd dun want to sell, there is nothing they can do. But I think Ronaldo will join RM 1 day cos its his dream to play there. I think sell him in 2010 will be ideal.
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Man Utd vs Fulham.
Van Der Sar will break world record if he can keep a clean sheet.
Rare praise as Wenger labels M.Utd "untouchable"
Arsene Wenger has conceded that Sir Alex Ferguson's current Manchester United side appear to be ''untouchable''.
United sit two points clear of Liverpool with a game in hand at the Premier League summit, with Arsenal 12 points off the pace in fifth.
Wenger, whose Gunners side went unbeaten in 2003/04, is refusing to give up on having a say in the title race but admits the Red Devils are currently some distance clear of the pack.
The two-goal return of Croatia striker Eduardo after a year out in Monday night's 4-0 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Cardiff City gave Arsenal fans reason for cheer, but Wenger has warned that long-time rivals United will take some stopping.
''We are on a very strong run at the moment and we have promised to give everything until the last day of the season but at the moment Manchester United look untouchable,'' confessed the Arsenal boss.
''They are 12 points ahead of us and they have a game against Fulham which they will certainly win. If they win that they are 15 points in front and that means they need to lose five games.
''Let us say they lose one against us, that still leaves four. They still need to lose four other games, which they haven't done yet this season.
''But our basic target is to get into the Champions League and therefore the championship remains a priority.''
Wenger, meanwhile, told Cardiff that the trouncing meted out to them at the Emirates could be a good thing for their promotion ambitions.
The Frenchman believes that talented Championship sides can often get sidetracked in the knockout competitions to the detriment of their league form.
''Look at the table. They are, I think, fourth with a few games in hand. For them it is better they go out of the FA Cup,'' he said.
''I saw it a few years ago when we battled with Sheffield United when they had (Phil) Jagielka and (Michael) Tonge in a very good team.
''There were seasons when they did very well in the FA Cup and the League Cup and in the end they always failed to come up because it was very demanding to do both.
''In the Championship there are 24 teams so there are a lot of games. This is better for them.''
Match Pack: Fulham
The Reds can go five points clear with victory in their game in hand...
Form Guide: United will be aiming to extend their lead at the top of the table to five points, while Edwin van der Sar will have one eye on clinching a world league shut-out record. Should the Dutch stopper complete a further 64 minutes with conceding against his former club, then the record will be his. The Cottagers have won just two of their last seven league games and are yet to win away from home - they have drawn six and lost six on their travels this season.
Ins and Outs: United have been boosted by the news that Wayne Rooney will be on the bench after missing seven matches with a hamstring injury. Everyone else is available, bar Anderson (ankle) and Owen Hargreaves (knee). Fulham are still without the injured Dickson Etuhu meaning on-loan Olivier Dacourt should continue in midfield, while Paul Konchesky and Andy Johnson will both be given late fitness tests.
Star Man: Andy Johnson. The 28-year-old striker has scored four goals in his last seven games and, if fit, will need to be closely monitored by United's defence.
Stay tuned for the match.
I will be watching. Tomorrow go work sure seh one.
Man Utd 3-0 Fulham
First half was superb, second half nowhere near.
Scholes was simply awesome, dictating the midfield.
First goal, pin point corner from Carrick, and Scholes with his trademark first time volley from outside box.
Second goal, O'Shea put it across goal, Berbatov calmly slot in.
Third goal, Park put it across goal, Rooney scored just 2mins on the pitch.
Man Utd 5 points ahead of Liverpool.
VDS breaks world record for clean sheet.
Rooney's back with a goal.