Cristiano Ronaldo returns to England for talks with Manchester United about his future, the athlete Understood.
Ronaldo has yet to work under new coach Erik ten Hag as he missed United’s pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia, citing family reasons.
The 37-year-old is expected to arrive in Manchester on Monday and will hold discussions with United, having informed them of his desire to leave this summer if a suitable offer arrives.
United’s position remains that Ronaldo is not for sale and will be an important part of their squad in the 2022-23 campaign.
It is not clear at this point if he will train with United on Tuesday, but he is expected to have a face-to-face conversation with Tin Hag in the coming days.
Old Trafford believes his return is a positive sign.
Sources on the matter say it is increasingly likely that Ronaldo will remain at United, but there is still a lack of clarity on the situation.
United’s players were given leave on Monday after returning from Australia, but will return to training on Tuesday before the last two games of the pre-season.
the athlete It was reported earlier this month that Ronaldo had told United he would like to leave if a suitable offer was made.
Chelsea co-owner Todd Boelly met with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes to discuss the situation and the idea of the striker’s move to Stamford Bridge. The West London team has since ruled out Ronaldo’s move.
Ten Hag was asked on several occasions if he could provide an update on Ronaldo’s future during United’s pre-season tour, but he stressed that the situation had not changed and he was not for sale.
Ronaldo has 12 months left on the contract he signed when he returned to United from Juventus last summer. There is also an option for another year that Tin Hag thinks can be exercised.
Speaking in Melbourne on July 18, Tin Hag said: “I am well acquainted, and he also has a choice (another year).
“Yes (he can stay after 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.”
Ronaldo scored 24 goals in all competitions last season, taking first place in United’s top scorer list, but he was unable to help them qualify for the Champions League.
The lack of Champions League football this coming season, and the determination to fight for titles, is believed to be part of the reason why he wanted to leave.
The striker wants United to be able to compete at the highest level and is said to be keen to keep pace with his ambitions by strengthening the squad.
United have signed twice so far this summer with Terrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen joining the club. Lisandro Martinez has also agreed to move to Old Trafford from Ajax.
Ten Hag opened the new Premier League season at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on August 7.
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