The Portuguese FA have issued a statement on behalf of the new Chelski boss steadfastly refusing that he has made any comments attriubuted to him by the media concerning Ronaldo’s future.
“Luiz Felipe Scolari denies having made any of the declarations printed concerning the future of Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Furthermore, the national team coach has not made any contact with the media since the end of the match between Portugal and Germany when he spoke about the quarter-finals of Euro 2008.
The statement concludes :
“Luiz Felipe Scolari regrets that his name is being used in connection with speculation and lies, and takes this opportunity to deny in advance any alleged declarations used by the media without their authenticity being thoroughly confirmed.”
While I do believe Big Phil has been bending Ronnie’s ear a bit it’s actually good of the Portuguese FA to do this – all official news over the last week has been settling for United fans who actually want Ronaldo to stay, and though the man himself is rumoured to announce in the next couple of days his official desire to join Real Madrid, it could now be that he will wait at least until after being assessed by United’s medical staff back at the club – meaning that any direct comment may wait until he’s spoken to Sir Alex, who is due back from holiday over the weekend.