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  • 2/7/2007

Barcelona ideal for Ronaldo

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has urged Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo to join Barcelona.

The 22-year-old Portuguese star's form has attracted rave reviews this season, leading to rumours about a summer move.

Scolari, quoted in The Sun, said: "The basic education stage of his career is ending and I know Cristiano is ready for a change of atmosphere.

"Barcelona would hugely enjoy having Cristiano in their team because he would complement Ronaldinho perfectly."

Ronaldo scored his 15th goal of the season in United's 4-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday.

Reports have linked him with £40m move to Spain, with Real Madrid said to be interested.

But Scolari feels Barcelona would be an ideal destination for the star winger if he wants to improve.

He added: "For Cristiano, the Barcelona climate would be important - most days are sunny and it's hardly ever cold like England".

"That gives a player all the motivation he needs to train and play."

But he said a move to Real would not suit the former Sporting Lisbon star who joined United for over £12m in 2003.

Scolari added: "Cristiano needs to move somewhere where the team is an integral part of the club - not somewhere where the system is based on individual 'heroes' or 'stars'.

"Moving to a club where there are four or five 'stars' who do their own thing is unworkable."

Last week, United chief executive David Gill said the club would immediately turn down a bid of £35m for Ronaldo as he is not for sale.

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