Ferguson returns from holiday convinced he will be able to make Ronaldo stay at United

Sir Alex Ferguson believes he will be able to convince Cristiano Ronaldo to snub Real Madrid and stay at Manchester United.

The Portugal winger appears determined to join the Spanish giants but Ferguson, who returns from holiday this week, is vehemently opposed to selling his star player, reports The Times.

The two men are not believed to have spoken since Ronaldo left Manchester to join the Portugal squad for Euro 2008 in late May.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Staying put: Sir Alex Ferguson will not let Cristiano Ronaldo leave.

Ferguson is thought to have been disappointed by some of Ronaldo’s comments regarding a switch to the Bernabeu.

But the United manager reckons the 23-year-old, who has not demanded a move yet, will drop the issue when he learns of the extent of his opposition to the sale.

Real, meanwhile, are waiting for Ronaldo to declare his intentions before they try to negotiate a fee, which would be around an estimated £70m, with United.

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