The fuss surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential move to Real Madrid this summer was ridiculous. It dominated the media towarsd the close of the season, completely overwhelmed everyone during Euro 2008, and continued deep in to the pre-season.

After speaking with Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo decided that he wanted to stay at United, rather than force a move away from the club.

Towards the end of last month, Real Madrid conceded that actually our player had never clearly stated he wanted to join them, and now it appears as though they might be giving up the chase entirely.

“It (a deal for Ronaldo) is not possible,” said Ramon Calderon. “That matter is over. We talked about that last season. Manchester decided they did not want to sell the player and we don’t want to do anything against a friendly club like Manchester. We accept that Ronaldo decided to stay at Manchester. It is forgotten. Not only for January but, I think, for ever. Only if Manchester decided to sell will we be talking about it. But I would like to say clearly that Madrid is not doing anything to disturb a nice and friendly club like Manchester. That is the final word and we are happy.”

Whilst Real Madrid seem keen to build bridges, brown-nosing the club, they can think again if they ever want to win Fergie over, who has made it clear he wants nothing to do with them.

So is this really the end of the Ronaldo to Real Madrid saga? Honestly, I very much doubt it!