Manchester United chief executive David Gill insists the club would never sell Cristiano Ronaldo, amid reports Real Madrid are lining up a £50m offer.

“There’s no chance of us selling him, no way, whatever the bid,” he said.

“Cristiano signed a new contract last season to 2012 and we are not a selling club. (Manager) Alex Ferguson has never let a player go he didn’t want to.

“He is happy here. Alex knows Ronaldo’s mind and what he’s about – everything about him is Manchester United.”


Manchester United chief executive David Gill is confident that Cristiano Ronaldo will extend his contract at Old Trafford this summer.

Ronaldo’s representatives are in talks with the club over extending the 22-year-old’s current deal, which runs until 2010.

“Discussions are ongoing so we’re not going to put a timeline against them,” Gill told BBC Radio Four. “The player wants to say, we want him to stay and I’m sure we’ll reach a satisfactory conclusion.”

Ronaldo has made no secret of a desire to one day play in Spain, but he has firmly stated that his immediate future is in Manchester.

“Every United fan can be reassured he won’t be leaving this summer,” added Gill. “It would be realistic to extend it by a further two years to 2012 – the same time that Wayne Rooney has signed for.”


Barcelona vice-president Ferran Soriano has insisted the Catalan giants have made no approach to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United’s brilliant Portugal winger has reportedly become a major transfer target of both Barcelona and their major Primera Liga rivals Real Madrid.

Even though both Sir Alex Ferguson and United chief executive David Gill have rejected any notion of the 21-year-old being sold, rumours of a summer move persist, with a fee in the region of £45million being mentioned.

The speculation was only heightened on Tuesday when Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes was seen meeting Barca’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain at a plush London hotel before they sat next to each other at the Emirates Stadium when Ronaldo skippered Portugal to a famous win over Brazil.

However, the Catalans have moved quickly to distance themselves from talk of a move for the United man, with Soriano indicating Barca were already well served for attacking players.