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Man Utd take firm stance on Ronaldo pay rise

Boss Sir Alex Ferguson has already told the 23 year old Portugal forward he will not be sold to Real Madrid after a very public transfer saga since the end of the last season.

When asked if Ronaldo would be offered a new contract, Gill said: "No.

"He only entered into the previous contract 18 months before and in terms of where he's at in our wage hierarchy he's doing pretty well."

When asked if the player's behaviour was partly to get a higher salary from United, Gill said: "Possibly, but not necessarily, and if the figures bandied around that Real Madrid are talking about are true, we wouldn't go anywhere near that. That would be lunacy.

"I think we've been pretty clear all along that Ronaldo has got a contract until 2012, he's a valuable member of the team and that's the situation.

"Obviously there's some issues there, but that's for Alex and is why Alex had the meeting, to discuss things and put our point of view.

"I'm sure Cristiano put his point of view and hopefully we can move forward.

"All we were doing, effectively, is saying we clearly have a player who is one of the best in the world.

"He entered into a new contract, his third with us, only 18 months after his previous one.

"With that, we believe, go some responsibilities and obligations.

"There was an increased salary and we clearly feel there has to be some commitment and loyalty and he can't just say, 'I've entered into it, but I'll leave a year down the line', especially after the season we've just had.

"It's a two-way street and contracts are entered into with a view to getting that kind of commitment."

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