Reports: Rob in, Ron out at Man Utd

Real Madrid winger Robinho claims he could be used as a makeweight in a deal to take Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo to Spain.

The Brazil international, who has also interested Chelsea, is keen to remain in Madrid but concedes he would have “no problem in leaving”.

Robinho’s remarks, reported by Portuguese newspaper A Bola, contradict numerous statements from United, who have repeatedly said they are not interested in trading Ronaldo.

The Spanish champions declined to comment on Robinho’s claims.

The Brazilian said: “There are proposals, yes.

“One is from Manchester United which would be in exchange for Cristiano Ronaldo and the other is from Chelsea.”

Robinho played an important role in Madrid’s Primera Liga title success last season – scoring 11 goals in 32 league games – but faces an uncertain future under Bernd Schuster.

He added: “I have never hidden my desire to remain at Real Madrid.

“But if the negotiations materialise into something I will have no problem in leaving.”

Robinho’s comments will increase speculation around Ronaldo, who revealed on Saturday he will make an announcement on his future in “two to three days”.

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