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Real Madrid to step up bid for Man Utd's Ronaldo after Sneijder injury

Real Madrid fullback Michel Salgado expects the club to step up efforts to land Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo after Wesley Sneijder suffered a knee injury yesterday against Arsenal.

"We (the players) don't know anything about it," he said. "It's a problem for the club - for (sporting director) Pedja Mijatovic and the coach.

"We are players, we only think about football.

"But now Wesley Sneijder is injured and he's an important player for us.

"Maybe tomorrow there will be a meeting with the people in the club and maybe then there's going to be news about this."

Salgado also claims the players and the fans would welcome Ronaldo to the Bernabeu with open arms.

"We know Cristiano Ronaldo is an incredible player and we don't have any problem with him joining us," he added.

"Real Madrid making an offer is normal. Manchester United and (coach Sir Alex) Ferguson don't want this because he is a very important player at United and that is normal too.

"I think they're going to have to talk about this and if Cristiano Ronaldo is coming to Real Madrid the dressing room is waiting for him.

"If he came of course the players and the fans would be excited. The supporters are used to watching the best players in the world at the Bernabeu and Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world."

While Salgado admits the Portugal international would be a great addition to the team, he also claims the Primera Liga champions don't necessarily need him.

"We have a very important group now," he added. "I feel the best of Real Madrid is the squad and the dressing room and if Cristiano is coming here we don't have room for him in the team.

"But, as I said before maybe with the injury to Wesley Sneijder maybe we need someone else."

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