Is Ronaldo leaving Man Utd? (Sports News) – Cristiano Ronaldo had reportedly been unhappy about the transfer developments at his club, Manchester United, and is requesting for a transfer. He still has one year on his contract, but with Man Utd missing out on the Champions League this coming season, plus a dismal showing in the table ending up 6th, the 37-year-old feels that the time has come to explore yet another opportunity.
Amidst the brouhaha, the Red Devils maintained that the Portuguese talisman “is not for sale”. The ever-determined Ronaldo, however, had informed the Glazer family-owned club that he be allowed to should an “acceptable offer” come their way.
Is Ronaldo Leaving Man Utd? – A Forgettable Campaign
Before Ronaldo’s transfer into Man United in August of last year, the club had placed second in the standings. Upon the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s entry, he immediately made an impact and was the club’s biggest scorer that season, only falling short of Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min in the Golden Boot. However, the Red Devils did not benefit, as they incurred a series of losses, including those to rivals Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as to minnows such as Watford.
Aside from finishing the Premier league at a lowly 6th, they also failed to advance past the round of 16 in the UCL against Atletico Madrid, and a mid-season managerial change from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Ralf Rangnick failed to address these woes.
Is Ronaldo Leaving Man Utd? – Pre-Season Absence
The cracks between became more apparent, as he opted out of joining United’s preseason tour due to “family reasons”. This tour was set to take place Thailand and Australia, including an exhibition match against arch-rivals Liverpool FC at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok. Incidentally, despite Ronaldo’s absence, the Red Devils thrashed a slimmed-down Liverpool side, beating them 4-0 and earning manager Erik Ten Hag’s a victory in his first ever Man Utd game.
Is Ronaldo Leaving Man Utd? – Transfer Rumours
Meanwhile, Ronaldo and his agent talked to various clubs, including UCL contenders Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain Chelsea and Barcelona. None of them thought that he was fit for their system. A Saudi-based consortium even approached the superstar, but he made it clear to them that this arrangement does not give him what he wants.
The Portuguese also was reported to have reached out to Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone for a possible transfer. While the Colchoneros have qualified for the UCL this season, Ronaldo’s move has elicited mixed feelings from supporters of Real Madrid, Atletico’s chief rival.
Is Ronaldo Leaving Man Utd? – Erik Ten Hag
Erik Ten Hag, in a press conference before their pre-season match against Crystal Palace in Australia, stated that he believed Ronaldo would stay in Manchester beyond this season if he fails to stage an exit before the transfer deadline. This was despite the neophyte manager not yet meeting the 37-year-old for training.
“I am well informed. He also has an option [of another year],” said the Red Devils boss. “Yes [he could stay beyond this season], but to be honest, of course, I have signed here for three years, but in football, it’s short-term as well. We have to win from the start. So I don’t look that far ahead. I have a strategy; it’s a process. It takes time, but in the end, we have to make sure from the outset there is a winning team.”
So, what is next for the Ronaldo saga? Stay tuned to us to find out!
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