Wednesday, July 27, 2005

RONALDO Expected to Sign New Contract

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expects Cristiano Ronaldo to sign a new contract on Thursday that will keep him at Old Trafford for another five years.
The 20-year-old has been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona this summer but Ferguson has been quick to end speculation over the winger's future.
CRISTIANO RONALDO "Chief executive David Gill will sign the agreement with Cristiano which will extend his deal until 2010," Ferguson told the Correio da Manha newspaper.
"The numbers have been agreed for a while, we just need his signature."
The Portugal international, who moved to United from Sporting Lisbon for £12million in August 2003, has made 62 Premiership appearances for the club, scoring nine goals.
Meanwhile, Brazilian midfielder Kleberson could be heading to Benfica. The Portuguese champions are rumoured to be interested in the 26-year-old who has endured an indifferent two seasons at Old Trafford.
He said: "I just want to get over the injury problems I had last season. I have a contract with Manchester United and that's all I know.
"But Benfica are a big club. They are the Portuguese champions and they are in the Champions League.
"If I had to leave United they would be a good option for me. I just want to play first-team football."

BALLACK Signing Hopes Failure

Manchester United's hopes of signing Michael Ballack look doomed to failure as the Germany skipper is set to open new contract talks with Bayern Munich.
Ballack was linked with an Old Trafford switch after he said in an interview that his game could improve if he was to play in another country and that he was considering his future at the German giants.
MICHAEL BALLACK Bayern boss Uli Hoeness believes that was just an opening gambit by the player as he prepares to hold contract talks with the club.
"Michael knows that his next contract is the most important one of his career," Hoeness told Bild am Sonntag.
"He is trying to get himself into a good position for negotiations with us and that is a legitimate move.
"I assume that Michael and his family feel very much at home in Munich.
"He is part of an intact team with a lot of potential. He gets the respect that he feels he deserves and as far as the financial side of things are concerned, he certainly won't end up on the streets if he stays here."


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