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Ferguson accuses Real Madrid of moral bankruptcy

London, May 24 : Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Real Madrid of moral bankruptcy over their persistent attempts to lure ace Portugese striker Cristiano Ronaldo away from Old Trafford.

"Real Madrid are not the only club interested in Ronaldo, but in terms of great clubs, Barcelona, for instance, have far better moral values than Real Madrid will ever have," he said.

"Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon and manager Bernd Schuster are masters at unsettling players. Real have no moral values," Ferguson added.

"They think they can ride roughshod over everyone but they won't do it with us. We sold them David Beckham and we sold them Ruud van Nistelrooy because we wanted to," he said.

The Daily Express quoted Ferguson as saying that Ronaldo is happy with the Manchester United and they don't want to sell him.

He said that United must remain Europe's No.1 club if they are to keep Ronaldo, who has repeated several times that it is his dream to play for Real Madrid.

Ferguson confirmed his No.2, Carlos Queiroz, who spent a year as Madrid manager, has already advised Ronaldo of the dangers of joining Real.

"Carlos is helping us. He has advised Cristiano about that kind of club and that's a big plus point for us," he said.

Story first published: Saturday, May 24, 2008, 15:49 [IST]
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