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Fergie: Real never wanted Heinze

by Laurent Picard, 28 October 2008

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Real Madrid only signed Gabriel Heinze from Manchester United in 2007 in a bid to try and lure his good friend Cristiano Ronaldo from Old Trafford.

Heinze was never a transfer priority to Los Merengues, according to Ferguson, as the Scot believes the Spanish champions had a plan when they captured the Argentinian left back.

The Red Devils chief claims Real were already desperate to sign Ronaldo, and thought that brining one of his best pals to the Santiago Bernabeu would definitely convince him to follow in his footsteps.

Ferguson has attacked the Primera Liga giants and named them as ‘General Franco's club'.

“When we sold Gabriel Heinze to Real Madrid we knew it was going to happen, because Ronaldo was very close to Heinze,†Ferguson told GQ's December issue, which is released on Thursday and reproduced in The Times.

“I knew what they were doing. I don't believe they were interested in Heinze - good player though he is. The end-game was to get Ronaldo.

“What made it really obscene was that Madrid, as General Franco's club, had a history of being able to get whoever and whatever they wanted, before democracy came t Spain.â€
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