Ronaldo - I want to stay

United ace hints at new contract agreement

Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo insists his future at Old Trafford will be settled next week.

Ronaldo starred for United in the 2007/08 season as he netted 42 goals in all competitions to help the club to a Premier League and UEFA Champions League Double.

That form has stoked rumours that Real Madrid are set to test United's resolve over the summer with a record-braking £100million bid for the Portuguese winger.

However, Ronaldo - who scored United's goal in their 1-1 Champions League final draw with Chelsea before seeing his spot-kick saved by Petr Cech in the Red Devils' shoot-out success - has dropped the strongest hint yet that he is set to agree a new deal at Old Trafford.

"My future will be clear next week. Everyone will be pleased - my club as well as me," Ronaldo - who joined United in 2003 in a £12m move from Sporting - said in The Sun.


"I think I will definitely be here next season. Yes, I want to stay. I have played five years for this club and I'd love to stay here.

"I love the people, the players are fantastic, the atmosphere is unbelievable, the staff are great. That is the reason I want to stay.

"We won the most important trophies this season. I want to do it again next season but no one knows the future.

"I want to stay, I feel very happy in the club. I win trophies, the people are friendly, supporters are amazing, everything is fun for me. It's very good."

Ronaldo also insists he now feels comfortable after coming in for criticism for his part in Wayne Rooney's sending off in Portugal's 2006 World Cup quarter-final victory over England.


"After the last two years I feel the English people have been friendly to me. I enjoy playing in England but no one knows the future," he continued.

And Ronaldo believes he, and United, can only get better next season as they bid to defend their domestic and European crowns.

"This is a young team and we have everything to win next year," added Ronaldo.

"We want to win the Champions League again and we have a good chance. We have a good team spirit.

"I can get better. The goals are not the most important thing. Maybe I will play well next year but I won't score as many goals.

"But I'm going to try to do my best. Every season I've improved and I want to improve next year."