Manchester United have denied reports that they will sell winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 21-year-old Portuguese international’s future has been in doubt since he made it clear he wanted a move to Spain.

But a Manchester United statement said: “The club can confirm there is no possibility of Cristiano being sold.

“Cristiano recently signed a contract until 2010 and the club expects him to honour that contract. The club will not listen to any offers for Cristiano.

“Cristiano is one of the brightest young stars in world football, as demonstrated by his performances at the World Cup.

Ronaldo was in England for his role in the sending off of United team-mate Wayne Rooney when Portugal faced England in the World Cup quarter-final.

In the aftermath of that incident he said: “I should get out of Manchester as the circumstances are not right.

“Nobody stood up for me and my desire is to play in Spain. Will it be Real or Barcelona? It will be one of them.”

Ronaldo also claimed: “For some time I haven’t had any support from my chief executive (David Gill) or my coach (Sir Alex Ferguson). They should have come out in my defence but no-one did.”