Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo is staying put at Manchester United, assistant manager Carlos Queiroz has said.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is popular with our club and its fans. The club is used to our players being the target of some dispute when they face other big clubs in England,” he told Portuguese radio RDP.

“The circumstances that surrounded the player after the tournament were delicate but the reality of a club is not the reality of a national squad.”

Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford has been in doubt after he said he wanted to leave England because of the expected backlash he would face from some English fans, following his involvement in Wayne Rooney’s sending off during England’s World Cup defeat to Portugal.

The 21-year-old has since said he would be willing to stay at Manchester United with Spain deemed a likely destination.

Queiroz dismissed the reports as “speculation”.

“There are two different worlds. There is the real world and there is the world of media speculation,” he said.