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AMSTERDAM, April 27 (Reuters)(DS) - Ruud van Nistelrooy's 18.5
million pounds ($28 million) move to Manchester United has been
put on hold for the time being after the player failed to
satisfy United doctors about his fitness.
"At the moment, the transfer is off," Pedro Salazar, a
spokesman for PSV Eindhoven, Van Nistelrooy's Dutch club, told
PSV said their high scoring striker did not want to
jeopardise his rehabilitation with further medical tests
demanded by Manchester United.
Harry van Raaij, the PSV president, estimated the chances of
Van Nistelrooy joining Manchester United before the start of
next season as "less than 50 percent".
He said the two sides would meet again soon and promised
that PSV would not discuss the sale of the striker to any other
club while discussions continued with United.
The player himself, looking very sombre at a hastily arranged
news conference said: "I don't agree with what's happened as I
feel I'm in a recuperation period.
"Everyone knows what the problem is and that at the moment
that is the situation.
"It's an enormous disappointment if we can't sign. But it's
also very clear that I have to stick to my principles however
difficult it is.
"However the recovery is going well at the moment. The knee
is improving. As long as I don't sign then I'm a PSV player."
Manchester United said in a statement they were "very
disappointed that the transfer of Ruud van Nistelrooy from PSV
Eindhoven cannot proceed at the present time."
"Further tests were necessary for Manchester United to
proceed with the transfer," the statement from United added.
"Discussions that have been held between all parties failed
to reach agreement as to the extent of these tests.
"Manchester United wish Ruud every success with his
rehabilitation programme and will continue to monitor the
situation very closely in order to achieve our desire to make
him a Manchester United player."

Salazar stressed the player still wanted to go to United and
had no quarrel with the club itself but was not prepared to
subject himself to further tests.
"Manchester United want to do more tests. That's
understandable. But it's a question of principle. Ruud feels
he's recovering well and all these extra things may risk his
rehabilitation," he said.
PSV said the decision now rested with Manchester United, but
refused to go into details about the sort of tests and
conditions the English champions were demanding.
"Van Nistelrooy is going on with his rehabilitation process
and we'll keep in contact with Manchester United. They have to
tell us if they want to come back for the player or not. The
situation is in an impasse," Salazar said.
Van Nistelrooy's transfer became doubtful after he failed a
medical on his injured right knee and he returned to the
Netherlands on Wednesday.
PSV will not be too disappointed if the transfer falls
through for good. The striker has scored 29 goals for them this
season and is the leading scorer in the Dutch first division.
Van Raaij said PSV would welcome him back if the deal fell
through: "I will take him back to PSV immediately. The fans
never wanted to lose him, and neither did we."
The 23-year-old striker has not played for PSV for more than
a month because of a medial ligament injury to his right knee
but he insisted: "My knees have recovered. I am certain the
tests will prove it. I am just not match fit."
Club doctor Cees van den Hoogenband said he had feared there
would be a problem because the transfer had come too soon after
Van Nistelrooy's knee operation.
"A player who has just come out of plaster and out of a
brace cannot be passing a medical so soon, under any
circumstances," he said.
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