Van Nistelrooy determined to stay with United

October 7, 2005
By Theo Ruizenaar

NOORDWIJK, Netherlands, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has revealed he has no intention of seeking a transfer to Real Madrid and wants to extend his contract at Old Trafford beyond 2008.

Ruud van Nistelrooy
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At the Dutch World Cup team training camp on Thursday, he denied all rumours about a possible transfer to Real Madrid.

'I'm not interested in a transfer, not this year and also not during my contract till 2008,' Van Nistelrooy revealed.

'And I hope I will play in Manchester after that.'

Some media in Britain suggested earlier this week a move to Real might be on the cards at the end of the season.

But Van Nistelrooy explained: 'My agent (Rodger Linse) has ensured me that he did not say anything about Real Madrid. The story started in some English newspapers but we have already set it straight.'

The striker is with the Dutch squad preparing for their World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic on Saturday.

He said: 'I am completely fit and that is the most important for me. I can do what I want on the pitch and am no longer bothered by physical problems.

'Last season I had some spells when that I could show it but they were not often enough.'

United trail Chelsea in the standings but Van Nistelrooy said: 'The only thing we should do is give our best in the remaining 31 matches and hope Chelsea will drop some points.

'It is no use looking at the standings before every match because that won't help you at all.'

Earlier on Thursday, Netherlands coach Marco van Basten said he had reprimanded Van Nistelrooy for kicking a team mate in training on Wednesday. Van Nistelrooy said he had apologised.