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Ronaldo wants to join Real Madrid: Pepe

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Jan 08, 2009 at 05:59pm IST

New Delhi: Real Madrid defender Pepe, has revealed that he believes Cristiano Ronaldo has shown his desire to join the Spanish club.

Cristiano Ronaldo might not have joined Real Madrid last summer, and might not even make the move next summer, but the signs are still there that he will eventually give in to the the lure of the Spanish side.

Indeed, speaking to Marca on Wednesday, his international team-mate, and Real Madrid defender, Pepe, said that the Manchester United star has shown that he does want to join the defending La Liga champions in the past.

NEW CLUB: There are signs that Cristiano Ronaldo will eventually give in to Real's lure.

"So much was spoken about the move that I believe it was as bad for Cristiano as it was for Real Madrid, but, being in Madrid, we know that will always happen," he admitted. "He showed that he wants to come though. I have had many conversations with him and, what is important, is that when he spoke, he showed his desire to come here."

Indeed, it seemed as though Ronaldo was set to move to Madrid last summer, with the saga raging on for weeks and weeks, but in the end he decided to stay in Manchester.

In a final twist in the tail, Madrid's infatuation with the Portuguese winger cost them the chance to make more signings, but they have assured that has not happened in this transfer window.

The Spanish side have already bought in Lassana Diarra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and, whilst it is impossible for both of them to play in the Champions League, Pepe was not about to decide who he would pick today.

"I believe in both of them, as they are both part of the team," he declared. "We will see what happens as they are both important in their positions. Diarra helps in defence and Huntelaar scores goals that help us to win. They are both good and have quality and that is why they are here," he concluded.

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