Brazilian icon Ronaldo will not be leaving
Real Madrid according to coach Fabio Capello who admitted he is still
hoping to bring his star forward's international teammate Kaka to the
Press reports in Spain and Italy have been awash with speculation that a
swap deal may be on the cards between Real and Kaka's club AC Milan for
the two samba stars.
But Capello was quick to bat away such rumours at a press conference
"Ronaldo is a great player who interests every team but who wants to
stay (at Real)," said the Italian former Juventus coach.
"He is important for us because (Ruud) van Nistelrooy is the only other
centre forward that we have while waiting for Ronaldo."
The Brazilian is currently recovering from a minor operation he
underwent after the World Cup.
Van Nistelrooy joined the club last month from Manchester United in a 15
million euros (19 million dollars) deal after a public spat with Red
Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
But despite boasting attacking talent such as Italian Antonio Cassano
and Brazilian pair Robinho and Julio Baptista, the Dutch 30-year-old is
the only out-and-out forward at the club other than 'El Gordo', as
Ronaldo is known in the Spanish capital.
Having added Mali international midfielder Mahamadou Diarra from French
champions Lyon this week, to bring his close season recruitment drive -
which included former Juventus pair Fabio Cannavaro and Emerson - to
four players, Capello has not given up hope of signing Kaka as well.
"Kaka is one of those rare players who can make the difference and for
us he is a priority. But if he is not for sale, we cannot buy him."
Capello did say he was delighted with the Diarra signing, though, as he
added the midfield enforcer Real have been lacking since Claude Makelele
was sold to Chelsea three years ago - coincidentally when the nine-times
European champions trophy drought began.