Cristiano Ronaldo misses Man United preseason return for family reasons

Cristiano Ronaldo will not train with Manchester United on Monday after the club gave him permission to delay his return due to family reasons, sources told ESPN.

United’s international players are set to start their pre-season schedule at Carrington after being given an extra week off by manager Erik ten Hag after being involved in games for their countries in June.

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Ronaldo, on the other hand, was granted a longer break. The team flies to Thailand and Australia for the start of their pre-season tour on Friday.

The news comes after sources told ESPN that Ronaldo, 37, told Old Trafford bosses he wanted to leave the club this summer.

Ronaldo, who scored 24 goals last season, is keen to play in the Champions League and has doubts about United’s ambitions to challenge for top trophies.

Sources have told ESPN that Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Napoli are among the interested clubs.

United insist Ronaldo is not available for a transfer and that they “want and expect” him to be part of Ten Hag’s squad next season.

Ten Hag has turned his attention to signing a versatile striker rather than a No9 this summer after missing out on Darwin Nunez to Liverpool and losing Ronaldo would leave the Dutchman with only Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to lead the line.

Meanwhile, sources have told ESPN that United expect to finalize the signing of Tyrell Malacia on Monday.

The left-back is in Carrington to undergo the second part of his medical ahead of his move from Feyenoord. The 22-year-old is set to become the first signing under Ten Hag and be part of the squad leaving for Bangkok on Friday.

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Emma Bowman

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