Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped the biggest hint yet that he intends to spurn the advances of Real Madrid by insisting he “only cares what happens next season at Manchester United”.
The now-annual speculation surrounding the 24-year-old’s future has started up again, with claims that a deal has already been struck that will see him move to the Bernabeu Stadium in the summer.
United have always dismissed talk of any secret pre-contract Madrid deal, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson declaring: “I wouldn’t sell them a virus” during his side’s successful Club World Cup quest in Japan last December.
But if Florentino Perez wins the Madrid presidential elections as expected he is likely to make signing the world player of the year his number one priority.
“I am sure Perez would create an incredible team at Madrid but at the moment I am at United and I don’t care about what happens there,” Ronaldo told Atena 3. “I only care about what will happen next season at Manchester United.
“At the moment I am only thinking about the Champions League final independently of what will happen to me or my team-mates next season.”
Ronaldo admits it will be tricky for United keep their crown.
“It will be very difficult to do it again, because Barcelona have a good team, great players and a great coach,” he said.
“The two teams are very good, they play very well and they have dream squads.”
Ronaldo is relishing the clash but insists it should not be billed as a personal duel between him and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
“It’s a battle of teams,” he said. “Without my team I won’t win and neither will Messi without his team-mates.
“It’s clear that we are the two best teams in Europe. Not only because we are in the final but also because of the football we have played this season and for the trophies we have won.
“It will be the match every fan dreamed about.”