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Man Utd boss Ferguson delighted with Ronaldo victory

Ronaldo has declared in the Portuguese press today that he is staying at Old Trafford.

Key to that dramatic development was a meeting between the player and Ferguson in Portugal just after his country's exit at Euro 2008.

At the time it seemed certain Ronaldo would leave, but Ferguson managed to persuade the Madeira-born player he was better off where he was.

"We cleared the air in Portugal, and the boy spoke to a few of the players as well," said the Scot.

"The thing is, he knows he is happy here - and has always been happy here.

"The fans have to understand it has been a very difficult time for him. He has been offered all this money - when his dad has died a young man and he is looking after his mother, his sister and his brother.

"He has had a troubled time, and you can understand that.

"But once he knew my stance, he settled down - and as far as we are all concerned, the matter is finished. The boy is a United player - that is what is important."

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