Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Real claim they have captured their target

REAL MADRID president Vicente Boluda claims the club are still confident of signing Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Spanish giants have tracked the Manchester United winger for over two years and were linked with a blockbuster £75million move for him last summer.

And while Ronaldo admitted being flattered by Madrid’s interest, a late change of heart saw him turn down their offer to remain at Old Trafford.

But new reports in Spain suggest Real chiefs have secured financing for a summer swoop and a pre-contract is said to have already been arranged for the Portugal international.

And, speaking on Spanish television, Boluda revealed the club remain intent of finally capturing the 24-year-old.

He said: “I am convinced we will see him at the Bernabeu.”

Boluda inherited the top job at Real when Ramon Calderon was forced to step down last month.

But although he will not be standing for election in the summer, he admitted he is also hoping the presidential candidates may allow him to extend the deal of coach Juande Ramos.

The ex-Spurs boss replaced Bernd Schuster in December and was handed a contract until the end of the season.

Ramos has impressed during his brief spell at the club and Boluda is keen for the 54-year-old to sign a long-term deal with the club.

He added: “I want the presidential candidates to allow me to renew the deal of Juande.

“He is a great coach and I will authorise his stay, if I can – we would love him to continue.”

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