MANCHESTER UNITED winger Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed he will make an announcement on his future plans in the next “two to three days”.
Ronaldo has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks although United are determined to hold on to their prize asset and have even threatened to report the Spanish champions to FIFA over what they claim are attempts to unsettle him.
The 23-year-old is hoping an announcement will end the speculation.
Speaking after Portugal’s 2-0 win over Georgia, Ronaldo told A Bola: “Let’s see, I hope there will be news soon. In two to three days I will announce my decision.”
If he decides his future lies away from Old Trafford, Ronaldo would have a fight on his hands to secure a transfer to the Bernabeu.
United boss Alex Ferguson yesterday claimed the Glazer family, the club’s owners, would rather keep the player even if a hypothetical situation arose where he refused to play for the Red Devils.
The Scot said: “I’ve had a couple of meetings with the Glazers. Their attitude is, ‘to hell with them’. They’d sit a player in the stand, I’m telling you, absolutely no doubt about it, just to prove a point. Not to give in to these people.
“They’ve got balls, I can tell you. I’ve been delighted with them in that respect.
“They’ve been good to this club, believe me,” he added. “They have been brilliant owners.”
Meanwhile, Guus Hiddink has emphatically ruled out any chance of becoming the next Chelsea manager — but believes fellow Dutchman Frank Rijkaard could be a good choice to succeed Avram Grant. Hiddink told BBC that he remains committed to Russia until the 2010 World Cup in south Africa.
“Everyone is speculating because it is not signed officially but there is an agreement between the president of the Russian Federation and me to continue,” he said.
“The only contact I have had with Chelsea has been with (Roman) Abramovich about the development of Russian football.”
Hiddink has sympathy for Grant and accused Chelsea of placing too much emphasis on winning trophies.
“If they did not put so much pressure to get two or three cups every year, I would imagine they would start to play even better,” he said.
On Rijkaard, the former Barcelona coach who was his assistant at the 1998 World Cup in France when with Holland, Hiddink said: “He could fit very well in this philosophy.
“He is a very open person to the people he is working closely with.”
Another Chelsea option has seemingly closed with AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani yesterday claiming the club have turned down an approach for coach Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian boss has been linked with the Stamford Bridge hotseat since the sacking of Grant.
And Galliani confirmed today the London club had been in touch, but they had not been allowed to meet with Ancelotti.
He said: “Chelsea? No, they didn’t meet with him because they asked our permission and there everything halted. Him and another Italian coach (thought to be Roberto Mancini) were on top of Chelsea’s wish list and the fact our coach is sought after gives me great pleasure. But Carlo Ancelotti is and will stay Milan’s coach.”
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