REAL SAYS NO TO CITY FOR RON­ALDO

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MADRID — Real Madrid will not lis­ten to an al­legedly planned of­fer by Manch­ester City for Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, ac­cord­ing to the Span­ish me­dia yes­ter­day.

A Madrid sports daily re­ported that City owner Sheikh Man­sour bin Zayed Al Nahyan is plan­ning to make Real a record-break­ing of­fer of 180 mil­lion (R1,7 bil­lion) for the 26 year-old striker.

“Ron­aldo will not leave be­cause he does not want to and be­cause Real did not sign him in or­der to sell him on but in or­der to win ti­tles,” said the news­pa­per.

In 2009, Real pres­i­dent Florentino Perez smashed the world trans­fer record by pay­ing 96 mil­lion (R940 mil­lion) for Ron­aldo from Manch­ester United.

In his first sea­son in Madrid, Ron­aldo scored 26 league goals, de­spite a nig­gling an­kle in­jury. This sea­son he has equalled the all-time Liga scor­ing record with 38 goals and has the chance to es­tab­lish a new record to­day in Real’s last game, at home to rel­e­gated Alme­ria.

In ad­di­tion, he scored the win­ner in Real’s King’s Cup fi­nal de­feat of Barcelona, which gave the whites their first tro­phy since 2008.

Ra­dio Marca said yes­ter­day that “there is no way that Madrid will sell Ron­aldo”, and Cadena COPE said that “the club’s en­tire mar­ket­ing and foot­ball strat­egy is built around him.” — Sapa-DPA.

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