After missing virtually all of Manchester United’s pre-season due to family reasons and seeking a move, Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly flown to England ahead of critical talks about his future.
There has been much speculation in recent weeks that the 37-year-old sees his future elsewhere given the Red Devils’ many failures last season, but new boss Erik ten Hag has reiterated his desire to keep the superstar at Old Trafford.
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Corresponding the athletethe Dutchman will get his first chance to properly speak to Ronaldo as the Portuguese ace returned to England on Monday, although it is unclear if he will attend Tuesday’s training session.
United have two more friendlies against LaLiga clubs Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano a week before their Premier League opener against Brighton on August 7, so there’s a chance Ronaldo has some valuable minutes under his belt.
Although ten Hag’s side have had strong pre-season results so far, the Ronaldo saga has been an unwelcome sideshow.
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He told United Powerbrokers that he would be happy to move to new pastures should a reasonable offer come in for him, but that has yet to happen as the club remain in their position of wanting to keep him.
There were rumors of Chelsea making a game for Ronaldo after new Blues owner Todd Boehly met with super agent Jorge Mendes to see if a move would be feasible, but that’s no longer on the table.
A report from The mirroron Monday also claimed a one-year loan deal to Atletico Madrid could be on the cards as they compete in the Champions League, but that seems unlikely given Ronaldo’s history with the club’s arch-rivals Real Madrid.
Ten Hag often stated during pre-season that he considers Ronaldo part of his plans and would like to keep him at the club.
It’s easy to see why, as the superstar scored 24 goals in all competitions to be United’s top scorer but was ultimately unable to take the team to the Champions League.
Ronaldo has another 12 months to fulfill his contract at Old Trafford after signing to the club from Juventus last summer, but there is also the possibility of staying on for another year.