Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his pride at being the subject of an "historic" £80million (Dh484m) bid from Real Madrid, but Fabio Cannavaro, who is leaving the club, doubts whether the signings of Kaka and Ronaldo will solve the "internal problems" he believes exist at the Bernabeu. The Manchester United and Portugal winger is set to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical with the Bernabeu giants after the English side accepted the offer on Thursday.
"I have had my time at Man United. It's time to look forward and £80m is quite a sum of money. This deal is historic," said Ronaldo, who is on holiday in Los Angeles. "It's flattering when two of the top teams in the world want you to play for them. Now I can look forward to Real Madrid and a new stage in my career. " Cannavaro spent the past three seasons at Real but, having not been offered a new contract, will return to his previous club Juventus for the 2009/10 campaign. And he is not convinced acquiring two world stars will help the club close the gap on treble winners Barcelona.
"The club is going to have to do more because these players will not solve the internal problems," said Cannavaro, who is with the Italy squad in South Africa building up to the Confederations Cup. "The most important thing for the team is to achieve a group mentality." Real have come under fire for spending £56m on two players in the current economic climate, but Cannavaro is not surprised. "They are incredible figures, astronomical ones, especially in a world crisis as we are experiencing now," he said. "But those figures reflect the club culture of always being accustomed to being the best."
* With agencies