Cristiano Ronaldo has ended speculation about his future by signing a new five-year contract with Premiership leaders Manchester United.
The 22-year-old Portuguese winger has being linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, and only this week there were further reports that the player’s agent had held talks with Madrid.
However, Ronaldo has always maintained that he wanted to stay at Old Trafford.
“I am delighted,” said Ronaldo of his new contract.
“I spoke with Sir Alex and (club chairman) David Gill about my future and everyone knew that I wanted to stay.
“I am very happy at the club and I want to win trophies and hopefully we will do that this season.”
United manager Ferguson added: “It is fantastic news, it emphasises the point that Cristiano is happy here and that he is at the right club.
“He has a great relationship with the team, staff and the fans and he will go on to be one of Manchester United’s great players.”
Ronaldo has been in wonderful form for United this season as they pursue the treble of the Champions League, the Premiership and the FA Cup.
He is also the favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award.
Ronaldo joined United from Sporting Lisbon for £12m in August 2003, on a five-year contract which he extended by a further two years in November 2005.