United keeper to leave
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ricardo is set to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.
Ricardo is set to leave Manchester United at the end of the season as the Premiership side are understood to be prepared to offer the Spaniard a route back to La Liga.
United continue to be linked with a move for Espanyol prospect Carlos Kameni with Ricardo being touted as a bargaining chip in any bid for the African shot-stopper.
Sir Alex Ferguson has still to truly solve his goalkeeping problems at Old Trafford with Roy Carroll hindering his prospects of becoming the long-term number one with a jittery, if fortunate, performance against Tottenham. Tim Howard has deputised and not conceded a goal in two games so Ferguson has a difficult decision to make ahead of the trip to Liverpool.
Ricardo has the self-belief to insist he should be first choice at United, even though he has not convinced in Manchester.
"I heave heard nothing about a new deal and, if you don't play, then you don't expect one," he stated.
"At the moment, I am concentrating on United and being ready if I am called on, although I suppose part of me is wondering what will happen in the summer.
"I think that, one day, I will get my chance. Tim Howard and then Roy Carroll have both been number one and I have had to wait.
"I need to play and so get more confidence.
"I always try my best and my aim is to be the first choice. I believe that I should be the first choice in any team in the world."
Ricardo, who spent last season on loan at Racing Santander, is, like Carroll, out of contract at the end of the season.
"If I leave United, then my aim is to stay in England," he told PA International.
"I want to prove to the people here what a good keeper I am.
"I want to remain at Old Trafford but I also need to play football."
United's preference for fielding younger players in the reserve teams means the likes of Ricardo are left without any match action for long spells.