Ronaldo hints at United stay and shuns 'incredible' Real

MANCHESTER UNITED winger Cristiano Ronaldo yesterday appeared to snub a world record summer transfer to Real Madrid, indicating he intends to stay at Old Trafford next season.<br /><br />However the Fifa World Player of the Year hinted at another protracted summer of mixed messages by admitting his interest in Real&rsquo;s summer rebuilding, which is likely to be led by president-elect Florentino Perez.<br /><br />&ldquo;At the moment I&rsquo;m only thinking about the Champions League final, independently of what will happen to me or my team-mates next season,&rdquo; the Portuguese said.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m sure Perez would create an incredible team at Madrid but at the moment I&rsquo;m at United and I don&rsquo;t care about what happens there. I only care about what will happen next season at Manchester United.&rdquo;<br /><br />Real reportedly have top-secret pre-contract agreements with Ronaldo and United to buy the 24-year-old at the end of this season for &pound;71.5m &ndash; a price that would smash the current world record of &pound;46m.<br /><br />However, Perez &ndash; the favourite to win the Spanish club&rsquo;s upcoming presidential election &ndash; is said to be reluctant to pay so much for Ronaldo, with Real also weighing up huge bids for AC Milan&rsquo;s Kaka and Bayern Munich&rsquo;s Franck Ribery.<br /><br />Real made Ronaldo their primary target last summer, following an outstanding season in which he scored a staggering 42 goals. In return the former Sporting Lisbon player made no secret of his interest in a move to the iconic club, publicly admitting that he wanted to play for Real.<br /><br />He was persuaded to stay for at least another season by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson but, despite his manager&rsquo;s insistence that he &ldquo;wouldn&rsquo;t sell Real a virus&rdquo;, looks set to be the subject of fervent speculation in the coming months.