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Cristiano Ronaldo commits his future to Man Utd

The midfielder dashes reports that make him the makeweight in deals to bring Kaka or Franck Ribery to the Old Trafford club

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo

While the tabloid sports pages have been deciding his future, turning him into the makeweight in a deal to bring Franck Ribery or Kaka to Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo has - for the first time in his career - been quietly letting his football do the talking for him. Now he's broken his silence to tell the Sun that "I'm very happy at Manchester and I want to stay here. I am very focused on winning the Champions League." With Man Utd playing football that no other side in Europe can currently match, why indeed would he want to be anywhere else?

Whether Arsenal fans will be as happy to hear their top-earning star Emmanuel Adebayor commit his future to the club is another matter entirely. Adebayor was largely anonymous in the two semi-final legs against Manchester United, and has had a disappointing season in general after having fomented dissent over last summer and agitated for a move to AC Milan - and then been rewarded with a wage-structure-smashing £80,00 a week deal. Many at the Emirates would be happy to see him pack his bags and head for AC Milan, should the Rossoneri still be interested in him...

Roman Pavlyuchenko's miserable season warming the bench at White Hart Lane could end with him returning to Spartak Moscow, where he plyed his trade before being signed by Juande Ramos last summer after a great Euro 2008. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has assured the Russian that he has a future at the north London, but if 'Flash 'Arry' seals a deal to bring Bordeaux's Maroune Chamakh to Tottenham, then expect to see the Russian return to the Motherland...

Joey Barton may be a pariah to most in the football world, but Gary Megson won't rule out bidding to bring the red card recidivist to his unloved Bolton side. Barton won't play another game for Newcastle United, and will be offloaded by Alan Shearer in the summer. Megson has already had a £2m bid for the midfielder turned down, and knows he could get him for a knockdown price...

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