Knuckle down, United tell Ronaldo

MANCHESTER - Manchester United chief executive David Gill has called on Cristiano Ronaldo to show his commitment and loyalty to the club.

MANCHESTER - Manchester United chief executive David Gill has called on Cristiano Ronaldo to show his commitment and loyalty to the club.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has told the Portugal international striker, who is recovering from an ankle operation that will keep him out of action for three months, at a meeting that he will not be sold to Real Madrid.

And Gill said the 23-year-old should now show his commitment to the club with which he won the Premier League and Champions League double last season.

"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," Gill said.

"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.

"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." - Sapa-AFP

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