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Friday, September 26, 2008

Ronaldo chase was no failure

Real Madrid sporting director Predrag Mijatovic insists their pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be deemed as a failure.

The 31 time La Liga kings launched a full blown assault to land the Portuguese starlet all summer and their eventual failure to snag the Manchester United winger saw the club miss out on a host of alternative targets.

However, Serbian Mijatovic claims that the Bernabeu outfit's unsuccessful attempt to sign Ronaldo cannot necessarily be constituted as failure.

"We had a great desire to sign him and our economic situation allowed us to, but Manchester United did not want to discuss things with us," he said in the interview with Onda Cero and Radio Marca.

"And when something like that happens, there is nothing we can do."

"They did not even put a price on him. As such, I do not look at it as a failure.

"We did all we could to bring Ronaldo here and if he had a buy-out clause in his contract, he would be here right now."

Mijatovic also endorsed the credentials of a Real playing staff who can challenge Ronaldo for the prestigious Ballon d'Or

"Casillas is performing spectacularly with great results, but he is unlucky to have to compete with a player like Ronaldo. But still, I would give it to Iker," he concluded.


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