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Portugal Teammate Says Ronaldo Will Leave Man United
The Guardian, February 14th, 2007 3:25PM

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The rumor mill this week paints a broader picture of disquiet at Europe's top clubs. Real Madrid and Chelsea's woes are well-documented, but reports in the Spanish media indicate that all is not well at Manchester United and Barcelona.

Valencia midfielder Hugo Viana revealed that Portugal teammate Cristiano Ronaldo definitely wants out of Manchester United at the end of the season. Viana, a former player at Newcastle United, told the Spanish media the winger "will leave within little time" and move to a club "more important than United." Both Real Madrid and Barcelona are pursuing the 21-year old Ronaldo. During last week's friendly between Brazil and Portugal at Emirates Stadium in London, Barca sporting director Txiki Begiristain was spotted talking to Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes. Of course, both deny discussing a possible move for the player.

The Guardian report also added color to the Barcelona situation, claiming that infighting between players and coaches is worse than the Catalan is leading on. Aside from launching a tirade on Tuesday against Coach Franck Rijkaard and striker Ronaldinho, striker Samuel Eto'o said Barca is a team with "two sides at war," where Ronaldinho and Eto'o find themselves on opposing sides. Eto'o told reporters that he didn't have to answer to either Rijkaard or Ronaldinho, only the club's management. He also insinuated that the Brazilian often doesn't give 100 percent and is frequently absent from training due to small knocks. Read the original story...


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