International News – July 16th, 2006

United States
Adu in Bhoys Admission – By James Pearson, Sky Sports

DC United’s teenage sensation Freddy Adu has not ruled out playing for SPL giants Celtic in his career.

The 17-year-old is currently one of the world’s hottest properties and has been linked with some of Europe’s finest.

However, Adu has been sold on Celtic and has conceded he would be interested in playing for The Bhoys.

The Ghana-born USA youth player regards Gordon Strachan’s side as being bigger than arch-rivals Rangers.

“To be honest, I regard them (Celtic) as the biggest club in Scotland,” Adu told the Daily Record.

“Celtic are bigger than Rangers and they are in the Champions League pretty much every season.

“I have been dreaming about playing in England or Spain and maybe Germany. But Scotland might be good, too. So no, I wouldn’t count Celtic out.

“It’s not every day you get to play against a team like Celtic and I wanted to make the most of the opportunity.”

Adu is likely to have impressed against Celtic after netting DCU’s opening goal in their 4-0 win over the SPL champions last Wednesday.

The teenager heard all about The Bhoys from ex-player Steve Guppy, who had a spell with the MLS side after leaving Parkhead.

“Steve came here bragging about his time with Celtic and because no one here had played for one of Europe’s top ones,” Adu added.

“He was always going on to websites and showing us clips of him playing for them.

“He told me all about them and that was one of the reasons it was such an honour to play against them the other night.”

England
Wayne – I’m Still Mates with Ronaldo, David Maddock – Daily Mirror

WAYNE ROONEY has I pleaded for Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Manchester United, saying: He’s my mate.

The England striker wants his United colleague, reviled for his role in Rooney’s World Cup red card against Portugal, to rethink his demand to leave Old Trafford.

Ronaldo – who faces a torrid time from fans next season – is set on a move to Spain but United are insisting he honours a four-year contract signed last term.

Rooney has told pals Ronaldo remains a friend and wants him to be a team-mate for the upcoming campaign.

A source close to the Rooney camp said: “Wayne will be absolutely delighted if Ronaldo remains at United, and looks forward to playing alongside him next season. “It’s absolute b******s that Wayne wants Ronaldo out. That couldn’t be further from the truth. He still regards him as a mate.

“Wayne has said nothing on the matter to United. He’s a bigger man than that. He’s made no moves whatsoever. He doesn’t want him to leave.”

Rooney was expected to take revenge after voicing his disgust at Ronaldo’s antics during England’s quarterfinal defeat.

The Portugal winger seemingly encouraged the referee to send off Rooney after he appeared to stand on Ricardo Carvalho.

But despite Rooney’s efforts at peace-making, Ronaldo is still adamant he wants to move, with both Barcelona and Real Madrid being touted as possible destinations.

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