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    Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy says he has buried the hatchet with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

    The Dutchman left United after a prolonged spell on the bench towards the end of last season, as Ferguson opted for Louis Saha in his place.

    While Saha has flourished in van Nistelrooy's absence, the 30-year-old Madrid man had left Old Trafford in a flood of controversy after claiming he had been 'betrayed' by the manager.

    But having made a prolific start to his career at the Bernabeu, van Nistelrooy now seems satisfied to put the past behind him.

    "United was a fantastic time in my life, not only football but we met some wonderful people," he told the Times.

    "I turned down the opportunity twice to come here during my United days but this time I could not say no.

    "The history of the club is similar to United. You play at Old Trafford for the first time wearing a United shirt and it is unbelievable.

    "Now I have the same feeling with Madrid."

    He had seemed to hold a grudge against his old boss, particularly after missing out on the 4-0 Carling Cup final win against Wigan Athletic, but he now seems more philosophical about the whole affair, and especially Ferguson.

    "I owe him a lot and respect him a lot," van Nistelrooy added.

    "What happened wasn't so big not to talk to him. I said my thing and we just have to move on. Many great players have left United and other clubs.

    "You move to another stage in your career but the memories remain from five fantastic years."

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