Gabriel Heinze has branded as "daft" Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that Real Madrid only signed the defender from Manchester United to boost their chances of landing Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Argentina star left Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in the summer of 2007, and United boss Ferguson recently suggested he was signed by the Spanish giants purely as bait for Ronaldo, with whom he was close friends in England.
Real's attempts to capture the Portugal winger have so far been frustrated, and Heinze has reacted to Ferguson's comments, telling the Daily Telegraph: "It made me sad to hear him (Ferguson) say those things. I do not know if it is true or not, but it is certainly a shame that someone with the experience of Ferguson is capable of saying such stupid things."
He added: "If it was a fan or another player then maybe I could understand it, but someone with his experience doing that is not normal."
"Ferguson is someone that has earned respect both on and off the pitch and for him to say such daft things really is disappointing.
"But the facts speak for themselves. He wanted me to go and now says that he wanted me to stay? I was there for three years and gave everything.
"Besides, I really could not care less what other people say. I value what my team-mates say here far more."
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