Manchester United chief executive David Gill says there is no way Cristiano Ronaldo will be leaving the club.
Ronaldo signed a five-year deal in 2007, but has regularly been linked with a move to Real Madrid.
“He’s got four more years with us, has been with us for five and we’re sure he’ll be with us for many years to come,” Gill told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“We’re keeping him. We’ve no intention of letting him go and will make sure he’s happy. He’s going nowhere.” Referring to Ronaldo as “one of the best players in the world, if not the best,” Gill said he could not see any reason why the player would want to leave, or the club would want to sell him.
“He’s at a great club, winning trophies, and enjoys it immensely here, so why would he want to leave?” he said.
“We’re not a club that sells its main assets, to service our debts we need to have a very successful team on the pitch and you don’t achieve that by selling Cristiano Ronaldo.”
United’s accounts show they have debts of £764m, but Gill said there were no doubts about the club’s ability to manage and repay them.
“There are provisions in Uefa licences that deal with clubs being able to meet their obligations, you have to give forward-looking accounts for coming years to show you can meet them, which is quite right,” he said.
“Look at the debt in isolation and, yes, it’s a concern, but look at our income generation. Our revenue is well over £200m.
“Banks wouldn’t loan those sums unless they were fairly confident they’d get their money back and if we didn’t have a business plan which showed they’d get it back,” he said.
“In Manchester United, we have one of the best clubs in the world and we have a significant amount of income which can service those debts, so let’s not just look at one side (of the equation).”