Real Madrid's coach dismisses Ronaldo transfer rumors
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti dismissed reports that Cristiano Ronaldo will be transferring, FIFA.com reports.
It was rumored earlier Friday that Manchester United was interested in acquiring Ronaldo for a second stint with the club. The report stated the move could cost more than $200 million and Ronaldo would need to take a salary cut to facilitate a move.
Ancelotti said there is no truth to the rumors.
"I can't imagine a Madrid without Ronaldo," Ancelotti said in Friday's press conference. "These reports make no sense. He is delighted to be at Madrid and the madridismo (the club and fans) are thrilled with Cristiano.
"Right now he (Ronaldo) is without a doubt the best player in the world," Ancelotti said. "To defend him is not easy and we are fortunate that he plays in our team showing a lot of hunger, character and personality.
Ronaldo left United for Madrid in 2009. He is the reigning Ballon d'Or winner as the top player in the world.
- Paul Palladino