Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Manchester United training base ahead of crucial talks with Eric ten Hag

Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground as he prepares to have tough talks with Eric ten Hag about his future at Old Trafford.

The 37-year-old missed the first three weeks of the club’s pre-season – including his entire tour of Thailand and Australia – after taking compassionate leave due to a family problem.

This came against the background of Ronaldo’s demand to leave United this summer as he feels he is unable to compete for the biggest titles at Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Carrington as he prepares for crucial talks with Eric Ten Hag

Striker Jorge Mendes’ agent arrived with him on Tuesday morning at around 10am, an hour before the United players arrived for training.

Also at Carrington is Sir Alex Ferguson – who first signed Ronaldo when he was 18 in 2003.

The star played at Old Trafford six seasons under the legendary coach before leaving for Real Madrid, but he is still Ferguson is an important mentor.

The Scot was instrumental in Ronaldo’s return to the Red Devils last summer as he persuaded the striker not to join rivals Manchester City, so United are hoping to have the same effect again.

This will be the first time Ronaldo has spoken to Erik ten Hag since his shocking request to leave

This will be the first time Ronaldo has spoken to Erik ten Hag since his shocking request to leave

Legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson also arrived at Carrington ahead of showdown talks

Legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson also arrived at Carrington ahead of showdown talks

In May, The Mirror reported that the pair had been in regular talks about Ronaldo’s future as they live close to each other in Cheshire.

They allegedly discussed how United’s season fell apart as they scored their worst ever points total in the Premier League, but Ferguson urged Ronaldo to stay on for at least another year ‘to protect his legacy’.

Completing the lineup of key characters involved in the confrontational talks, United CEO Richard Arnold was also pictured arriving at the training ground earlier in the morning. Erik ten Hag was also one of the first to arrive.

Ten Hag spoke to Ronaldo when he took charge at the end of last season, but it would be the first time the two men have spoken since the player asked to leave.

Contact between the two camps was maintained by Arnold and Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes who was touring with his client around the top clubs in Europe.

Ronaldo’s return is seen as a positive sign, although it remains unclear whether he is ready to commit with United for another season or re-iterate his desire to sell.

United CEO Richard Arnold will also participate in discussions about the star's future

United CEO Richard Arnold will also participate in discussions about the star’s future

United still insist Ronaldo is not for sale and remains part of Ten Hag’s plans for the new season.

The five-time Lyon d’Or winner has kept his form in Lisbon, but may not be ready to return straight to full training with the rest of the team that departed on Monday after returning from Perth on Sunday.

Ten Hag has always been steadfast when faced with questions about the future of the club legend, and has suggested that Ronaldo remain a United player for at least another season.

There are 12 months left on the deal he signed last season after arriving from Juventus, but there is an option for another year.

Ronaldo has missed the club's pre-season so far after being granted a compassionate leave

Ronaldo has missed the club’s pre-season so far after being granted a compassionate leave

When questioned in Australia, Tin Hag said: “I am well acquainted, and he also has a choice [of another year].

‘yes [he could stay beyond this season], but to be honest, of course, I’ve been signed here for three years, but in football that’s short term too. We have to win from the start. So I’m not looking that far.

“I have a strategy, it’s a process, it takes time but in the end we have to make sure from the start we have a winning team.”

The club initially accepted Ronaldo’s position, although Ten Hag repeatedly reiterated this summer that the player is not for sale and that he would like to remain part of the squad in the new season.

Ronaldo asked to leave United this summer because he feels he can't compete for titles

Ronaldo asked to leave United this summer because he feels he can’t compete for titles

The striker showed off his tattered physique in the gym as he missed United's pre-season tour

The striker showed off his tattered physique in the gym as he missed United’s pre-season tour

Despite his place in the game, there were very few interested parties when the Portuguese forward announced his intention to leave United this summer, with one tangible offer from an unnamed Saudi club.

Chelsea, Bayern Munich and even the former Real Madrid club have all rejected the opportunity to transfer to one of the game’s greatest players of all time, and surprisingly, the strongest rumors were with the former opponent of Atletico Madrid.

Although it is understood Ronaldo will cut his £500,000-a-week wages, Atletico will need to sell players to fund the move.

But Atleti distanced himself from a possible move, and the rumors sparked anger among the club’s fans, as they made it clear that they did not want to sign a player who spent nine years in his city rival, during which time he denied it twice. UEFA Champions League title in 2014 and 2016 finals.

Ronaldo was regularly chasing Atletico Madrid during his time with rivals Real Madrid

Ronaldo was regularly chasing Atletico Madrid during his time with rivals Real Madrid

The forward hasn’t been shy about sharing his pre-season training regimen with his followers, and he’s clearly maintained his well-documented dedication to his fitness.

He initially hinted that he might be staying in the Red Devils after tweeting a photo of him at the gym wearing club shorts, although he has kept quiet since then on that front, and no further hint has been forthcoming yet.

The Red Devils have signed three players so far this summer, despite their delayed start to the market.

They have completed deals for Christian Eriksen, who joined on free after his short-term contract at Brentford expired, after luring Terrell Malacia from Feyenoord and signing multi-sided centre-back Lisandro Martinez for £55m from Ajax.

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