Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Man United preseason tour of Thailand

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to miss Manchester United’s pre-season tour of Thailand as he continues on personal leave to attend to a ‘family issue’.

The Portuguese striker has been granted more time off and will not be on the flight to Bangkok, which is due to leave Manchester at 4.30pm UK time (11.30am ET) on Friday.

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Sources told ESPN that there is no time frame for Ronaldo to rejoin the squad.

A statement from United said: “Cristiano Ronaldo will not be in the group leaving for Thailand as he has been granted additional time off to attend to a family issue.”

Following the game against Liverpool in Thailand on July 12, United travel to Australia to play against Melbourne Victory, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. They are due to return to Manchester on July 25.

Ronaldo wants to leave Old Trafford this summer to join a club playing Champions League football next season. United insist the 37-year-old, who has one year left on his contract, is not available for a transfer.

Ronaldo was due to return to Carrington on Monday but was given permission by the club to take an extended break for personal reasons. He returned to United from Juventus last summer and scored 24 goals in all competitions last season. But his form in front of goal couldn’t prevent a sixth place finish in the Premier League and a failure to qualify for the Champions League.

Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Napoli are said to be among the clubs interested in the forward, although sources have told ESPN United that no offer has yet been received. Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Man United preseason tour of Thailand

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