Real hope to go after Ronaldo

Real Madrid are still hoping to pry away Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United by next summer, according to an interview published on Sunday with coach Bernd Schuster.

"I think this year it will be a little complicated for his club to hang on to him," Schuster told the daily Marca. "We must do everything possible, as it would be worth it to have this player," said Schuster, adding Real would pay a "very high price" for his services. "There is no other solution as they'll not let him go on the cheap, I think."

But he held out the possibility that the price might be less than the mooted €90 million that was in the public domain all summer after Ronaldo insisted Real were his dream club. "Next year the price could be a little lower," Schuster said.

United manager Alex Ferguson refused to allow his top star to leave, but recently commented he expected Real to resume the chase early next year, even if "the result will be the same." The Portuguese starlet is under contract until 2012.