London, June 23 (ANI): Ace striker Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson understood his reasons for joining Real Madrid in a world-record 80 million pound transfer.
Ferguson finally conceded defeat in his desperate bid to keep hold of the Portugal ace, after Ronaldo made it clear he wanted to join the Spanish giants.
"I want to take this opportunity to tell the fans of Manchester United that the important people at the club understood my reasons and that it was a mutual agreement because everyone understood my will to leave," The Sun quoted Ronaldo, as saying.
Ronaldo admitted he had dreamt of playing for Real Madrid since boyhood. "Real Madrid was always a club where I wanted to play. I want to start very strongly to play my football and thank Real Madrid for everything they did for me. It will be great to play with Kaka."
"He's a great player and has also won the Golden Ball. It will give me great pride to play alongside him but also with Raul, Iker Casillas or Guti," he added.
Ronaldo has already passed his medical test with flying colours, although he insisted that there are still a few details to be ironed out in his 250,000 pounds-a-week six-year contract.
Ronaldo, whose deal should be completed by July 8, is ready to lead Madrid back to winning ways after a barren season, and appeared confident he will live up to his price tag.
"The start will be a bit complicated because I was in Manchester for six years. In England, football is more physical and faster but that is not an excuse. When we are good players we have to adapt to any type of football and I hope I can adapt as soon as possible. Winning trophies is the goal. Madrid is used to winning, as is Manchester United." (ANI)