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Unread 16-03-2007, 10:33 AM
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from the Guardian:

Madrid launch first phase of operation Get Ronaldo

Real say winger has struck verbal agreement
Player's pressure on Ferguson is 'the key'

Sid Lowe in Madrid and Daniel Taylor
Friday March 16, 2007
The Guardian


Real Madrid have played their first cards in a game they hope will end with Cristiano Ronaldo beaming in front of the world's press, that famous white shirt in his hands. If there were any doubts that the Portuguese winger is this year's must-have player at the Santiago Bernabéu, they were blown away in time-honoured fashion yesterday with a four-page splash in the Spanish sports daily Marca, announcing that Madrid's director of football and director of marketing had given the go-ahead to sign Ronaldo "even if he costs a fortune".

Marca also claims that Ronaldo has told Madrid officials he is willing to come to the Bernabéu and that a verbal agreement is now in place. "Ronaldo," ran the paper's headline, "says yes to Madrid." All he needs to do is speak to Sir Alex Ferguson and publicly demand to leave, a step which Marca claims he will make at the end of the season. With Madrid dependent on Manchester United agreeing to sell - something that appears unlikely after the comments this week of United's chief executive, David Gill, that they wanted the winger to stay until 2012 - that pressure from Ronaldo is, the paper conceded, "the key".
The leak marks the beginning of a well worn path: the signings of Zinédine Zidane, the Brazilian Ronaldo and David Beckham were all launched through strategic leaks to the Madrid sports press, semi-official mouthpieces of the club. The plan of action is always the same: first speak to the agent, then the press, then the player and finally the player's club. This still has a long way to run but Madrid hope that they can force United's hand - and that of Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes.

It is understood that Madrid have spoken to Mendes about Ronaldo's future and about that of Jose Mourinho - who is on the Bernabéu shortlist for next season and who would welcome the opportunity to work with Ronaldo - should he leave Chelsea. Mendes has told Madrid that Ronaldo would be keen on a switch to the Bernabéu and Madrid have taken those words at face value. They are keen for their fans to be aware of their approach and are now prepared to push hard in order to make the promise a reality.

Madrid's president, Ramón Calderón, is under serious pressure after a disappointing season and question marks still hang over the legitimacy of his presidency, which he won only after a judge declared all postal votes null and void. He is also desperate to erase the memory of his broken electoral pledge to sign Kaka, Cesc Fábregas and Arjen Robben by bringing in the man widely considered the best player on the world market.

In the week after Madrid secured a morale-boosting 3-3 draw at Camp Nou Calderón is also keen to keep the feel-good momentum going at a club deeply aware of the PR value of good stories.

However, Mendes has had similar conversations with Barcelona, who are also keen to secure the winger, and has told United that he will open negotiations over a new contract. He is prepared to deal with all three sides in order to secure the best deal for his client and it is no coincidence that this story should have broken in the wake of United's declarations that a new contract for Ronaldo was close. The message to United appears to be: don't get c**ky. Perhaps someone ought to say the same to Madrid.
 
Unread 16-03-2007, 10:36 AM
Red Rum
 
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It's weird how Gill saying Ronaldo will stay isn't greeted with the same excitement as Real Madrid's PR arm Marca saying he'll sign for the club, without offering any quotes

Last season they announced they would sign Robben, Fabregas and Kaka.

And every season before that they announced they would sign Vieira.

All that proves to me is that Ronaldo will be staying here for another season, and probably move to Barcelona in 2008
 
Unread 16-03-2007, 10:43 AM
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I don't know about you, but I couldn't wait to join a team that's current 4th in their league, full of has-beens and general mis-fits who change manager 5 times a season and couldn't beat the mighty Getafe at home.
 
Unread 16-03-2007, 10:44 AM
red red robbo
 
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Isn't it time FIFA put an end to this sort of shite.

All they have to do is say that no one connected with a club in anyway can publicly speak about any players at any other club in connection with signing them. Slap a on minimum 6 point deduction for breaking the rule and put an end to this sort of shit altogether.
 
Unread 16-03-2007, 10:45 AM
red red robbo
 
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Originally Posted by Sparky6899
I don't know about you, but I couldn't wait to join a team that's current 4th in their league, full of has-beens and general mis-fits who change manager 5 times a season and couldn't beat the mighty Getafe at home.
And hope to appoint a manager who stifles all the creativity out of his "flair" players.
 
Unread 16-03-2007, 10:53 AM
Crumps
 
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I bet they get Makalele and Lumpard in the summer.
 
Unread 16-03-2007, 11:05 AM
BryanRobson'sLiver
 
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Surely the way to counter this for united is for fergoz to say that €145 million and they can have him. He is 22, the best player in the world and will be for the next 10 years and €14.5 million (or £9 million) a season for that kind of class is an absolute bargain.
Bayern did it to chase united off hargreaves with their tax law breakdown which didn't make a lot of sense and it worked a treat.
 
Unread 16-03-2007, 11:12 AM
Sparky***
 
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Originally Posted by BryanRobson'sLiver
Surely the way to counter this for united is for fergoz to say that €145 million and they can have him. He is 22, the best player in the world and will be for the next 10 years and €14.5 million (or £9 million) a season for that kind of class is an absolute bargain.
Bayern did it to chase united off hargreaves with their tax law breakdown which didn't make a lot of sense and it worked a treat.
Good shout.

If they want him that badly, lets stick a £100 million price tag on his head.
 
Unread 16-03-2007, 11:20 AM
The Watcher
 
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Didn't Marca announce last season that Real were going to sign Kaka? Load of old balls. Same old shite from Francos favourite club, trying to destable our player. c***s.
 
Unread 16-03-2007, 11:41 AM
jem
 
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£650mio would be a better price? actually, £690mio if we want to buy any kind of replacement.

we should do the same back to them. um.... except they don't have anyone we'd want.
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