Zoran Tosic has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo confided in his team-mates months ago that he wanted to quit Manchester United.
The Serbian winger, 22, says Ronaldo was on his way to Real Madrid long before his £80million transfer came to light a week ago.
Cristiano Ronaldo has vowed to not crack under the pressure of being the world's most expensive footballer.
The winger is set to finalise his record-breaking £80million switch from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
The sheer size of the deal means the spotlight will be even more focused on the Portugal star next season.
Arsenal's diminutive playmaker Andrey Arshavin, such a hit since his January move from Zenit St. Petersburg, has identified a weak spot in the armour of weekend opponents Manchester United.
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Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says they won't give up their pursuit of Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
"Look, this is a problem that wasn't created by Real Madrid," Calderon told AS. "Madrid are just spectators in this soap opera.
Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster completely understands the position of Sir Alex Ferguson over his desire to hold onto Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.
"I am well aware that if I were in his situation I would do the same," said Schuster. "For a player of this kind, not I nor anyone would like to lose him, even if we had won the league and the Champions League.
Manchester United chief executive David Gill is adamant that Real Madrid target Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Ronaldo off making a move to Madrid saying it would be a mistake and now Gill says United have told the Spanish side they have no plans to sell the skilful attacker.
Michael Carrick says Cristiano Ronaldo would be mad to leave Manchester United.
The Geordie midfielder said: "Knowing what the club is about, I would say there is nowhere better. Everything that surrounds the club is moving in the right direction and now we want to build on that.
Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to confirm Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that the winger will remain at Old Trafford.
Ferguson met Real Madrid target Ronaldo for clear-the-air talks on Monday and insisted on Friday that there was no chance he would be quitting United for Spain.
Rio Ferdinand is ready to welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back into the Manchester United fold after a summer of transfer speculation.