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Manchester United hopes dashed as Cristiano Ronaldo plans to stay at Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo delivered a blow to his many suitors yesterday when he revealed that he plans to see out his contract at Real Madrid.

The 31-year-old's deal at the Bernabeu runs out in June 2018, but there has been of speculation about the Portuguese forward moving before that, with Paris St-Germain and his former club Manchester United the two destinations most frequently mentioned.

However, Ronaldo reiterated his desire to finish his contract with Madrid in the "best league in the world" before looking at what options are available.

He said at a Marca awards ceremony, where he received the Pichichi Trophy for finishing as the top scorer in La Liga last season: "I want to stay here for two more years, and then we'll see about the future. That's the contract that I've got. Now what I have to do is try to win trophies and the Champions League once again."

The Portugal international added of his time at Madrid: "I've spent seven years in Spain and for me La Liga is the best in the world.

"I also spent six years in England, in Manchester, and this league is wonderful, very competitive, with great players and, for me, it's a privilege to be here and to leave my mark, which has been very good."

Ronaldo scored 48 goals last season to win the Pichichi Trophy for the third time in his career.

His decision to remain in Madrid comes as Fifa revealed that spending on international transfers in Europe's big five leagues during the winter transfer window dropped 26 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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