Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man United future: Forward set for talks

Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Manchester United’s training ground on Tuesday for talks about his future at the club.

Ronaldo is yet to train under new coach Erik ten Hag after being allowed to miss the tour of Thailand and Australia for personal reasons.

The Portugal international has made an official request to leave United this summer so he can continue playing Champions League football next season, sources confirmed to ESPN. He returned to United a year ago for a second spell at Old Trafford and has scored 18 goals in 30 league games, but the team finished sixth in the Premier League and failed to qualify for next season’s elite European club competition.

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Ronaldo, 37, has a contract with the club until June 2023 with an option to extend it by another year but has asked for a transfer.

Sources had told ESPN that United would be ready to offload Ronaldo if a club outside the Premier League were willing to take on the final 12 months of his £500,000-a-week contract.

However, Europe’s top clubs have distanced themselves from a move for the player. Chelsea dropped out after Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes met with Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly, who discussed the proposal with head coach Thomas Tuchel.

Mendes offered Paris Saint-Germain the opportunity to discuss a move but the French champions turned down the possibility of signing the striker, sources told ESPN. FC Bayern Munich has also ruled out signing Ronaldo.

Ten Hag said he had spoken to Ronaldo before it was revealed he intended to leave United, but the couple were not on speaking terms before the player’s return to the training ground on Tuesday.

“We plan Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that’s it. I look forward to working with him,” said Ten Hag.

“I have read [that he wants to leave]but what I’m saying is Cristiano is not for sale, he’s in our plans and we want to succeed together.

“I spoke to him before this issue arose, I had a conversation with him and I had a good conversation. That was between Cristiano and me; what I can confirm is that we had a really good conversation.”

Manchester United did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Emma Bowman

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