Manchester United warn fans against £100m Ronaldo campaign

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Manchester United have told fans to ignore an internet based campaign to donate money towards the re-signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 'Bring Ronaldo Home' movement was started by a group of United fans in Australia and appeals for donations to raise funds to bring the Real Madrid forward back to Old Trafford.

The campaign asks supporters to pledge £10 towards the re-signing pot as they work towards raising the £100m required to meet Ronaldo's buyout clause.

But a Manchester United spokesman has warned the club's fans against donating money to the cause.

A spokesman told the Manchester Evening News, "Manchester United would like to remind fans that decisions over additions to the squad will be made by the manager and the manager alone.

"We would not want any of our supporters to be under a false impression that anything other than this would ever be the case."

The campaign has been criticised in some quarters as a scam, but Lee Clough, the Stockport ex-pat who speaks on behalf of 'Bring Ronaldo Home', insists the plan is legitimate.

"The model is based off a tried and successful business model of crowd-funding.

"We have contacted Manchester United at a senior level and reassured them that our intentions are only for the good of the club.

"This gives all fans the chance to be involved to assist the club to re-sign CR7."

The plan hopes to draw on the club's 650 million fans around the world and pledges to send each donor a Manchester United shirt with Ronaldo's name and number on the back if the bid is successful.

If unsuccessful, Clough insists the donors will get their £10 deposits refunded.

Ronaldo has two years remaining on his Real Madrid contract, but has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu.

Monaco are the latest club to be mentioned as possible suitors, while United and Paris St Germain are also thought to be monitoring his contract negotiations.

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