By Richard Clarke in Amsterdam

It may sound strange but Arsène Wenger is delighted that the outstanding player of last season, Cristiano Ronaldo, is staying with title rivals Manchester United.

The Portuguese winger has been linked with a move to Real Madrid all summer but pledged his future to the Old Trafford side earlier this week.

Although it may be a hindrance to Arsenal's chances of regaining the Premier League crown, the Frenchman firmly believes Ronaldo is an asset to English football as a whole.

"I am pleased first of all [he is staying]," said Wenger speaking in Amsterdam ahead of tonight's tournament. "He brings something to the Premier League.

"I have nothing against Real Madrid. But it is important that the best players in the world play in England."

The other pleasing thing about Ronaldo's decision to stay, according to Wenger, is that it shows the Clubs still have power over their contracted stars.

"Somewhere common sense and contracts have prevailed," he said. "You would not like to think that one of the biggest players in the world can just walk out and does not respect his contract.

"I don't know what happened. But I am happy in the end that the clubs still have some strength."

By Richard Clarke in Amsterdam

It may sound strange but Arsène Wenger is delighted that the outstanding player of last season, Cristiano Ronaldo, is staying with title rivals Manchester United.

The Portuguese winger has been linked with a move to Real Madrid all summer but pledged his future to the Old Trafford side earlier this week.

Although it may be a hindrance to Arsenal's chances of regaining the Premier League crown, the Frenchman firmly believes Ronaldo is an asset to English football as a whole.

"I am pleased first of all [he is staying]," said Wenger speaking in Amsterdam ahead of tonight's tournament. "He brings something to the Premier League.

"I have nothing against Real Madrid. But it is important that the best players in the world play in England."

The other pleasing thing about Ronaldo's decision to stay, according to Wenger, is that it shows the Clubs still have power over their contracted stars.

"Somewhere common sense and contracts have prevailed," he said. "You would not like to think that one of the biggest players in the world can just walk out and does not respect his contract.

"I don't know what happened. But I am happy in the end that the clubs still have some strength."

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