Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale and Manchester United hope he will remain at Old Trafford, despite reports linking the Portuguese star with a sensational move to Chelsea.
United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League and a lack of signings so far this summer has led to reports that Ronaldo may want to leave.
His agent Jorge Mendes met with new Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly last week and Ronaldo was mentioned during the meeting, but new United manager Erik ten Hag confirmed that Ronaldo is part of his future plans. .
Ronaldo returned to United last summer, 12 years after leaving the club for Real Madrid, and scored 24 goals in 38 games to finish as the club’s top scorer in all competitions.
United finished sixth in the Premier League and failed to lift a trophy for the fifth successive season, but Ronaldo pledged his allegiance to the club earlier this month.
He will be 38 when his contract with United expires next summer.
Speaking in an interview with the club, Ronaldo said: “I was happy, of course, to be back at a club that really elevated my career, so it was an amazing feeling when I came back. It was nice to feel the supporters – their happiness.” Was big.
“I was and still am very happy to be here, and what I have to say to the fans is that they are amazing. Even when we lose games, they always support us, they are always with us. The fans are always in my heart.” and they are the people we should all respect because they are always on our side.
“For me, the most important thing is to try to win the games and try to win a championship or a cup, but I think Manchester will be where they belong. Like I said before, sometimes it takes time but I still believe. “
Ten Hag quickly announced that he was keen to stay with Ronaldo after being introduced as United’s new manager.
Asked if Ronaldo fits into his project, Ten Hag said: “Of course.”
On what Ronaldo will bring, he simply added: “Goals!”
Pressed on whether he was looking for Ronaldo’s leadership, he said: “I talk to Ronaldo first before I talk to you.”
Ronaldo welcomed Ten Hag’s arrival and insisted the Dutchman can secure more trophies for the club.
“I know he did a fantastic job for Ajax and that he is an experienced coach, but we need to give him time,” Ronaldo said. “Things must change the way he wants.
“I hope we succeed, of course, because if you succeed, all of Manchester will also succeed. So I wish him well.”
“We are happy and excited, not only the players but also the fans. I wish him the best and believe that next year we will win trophies.”
Sporting’s Viana rules out summer signing for Ronaldo
Hugo Viana has revealed that Sporting Lisbon will not be making a summer move for Ronaldo, but has left the door open for a return in the future.
The club’s sporting director said that will not happen in this transfer window, but refused to rule out the possibility of signing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in the future.
speaking to Sky Sports News’ Pete Graves at the Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Classic in the Algarve, the former Newcastle midfielder said: “I don’t think now. I don’t think that’s possible. You never know, he can decide where he wants to go.
“You never know the future. When we talk about Cristiano it’s very different. He has one more year left on his contract, so whatever he decides, we’ll see.”
‘Obsessive Ronaldo wants CL football’
Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepúlveda for Sky Sports:
“When the transfer window is open, it is normal that we talk about Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United are not in the Champions League next season and Ronaldo is not happy about this.
“He’s completely obsessed with playing in the competition, so he’s not living well with the reality that he won’t be playing for the foreseeable future.
He has spoken with his agent Jorge Mendes, who is seeing if there are other options. He said that he would talk to clubs aiming to win the Champions League to see what can be done in terms of a move in this summer transfer window. .
“You can forget about the English clubs: Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, because I am 100 percent sure that Ronaldo will not play for another club in England, while Ronaldo does not fit into the new project at PSG.
“Leave Bayern Munich as an option. There was no interest from Bayern, but Mendes spoke to them and raised the question: ‘What do you think about buying Ronaldo for next season?’ Bayern were a bit confused when Mendes offered them Ronaldo, as he is not the type of player they normally look for.
“When an agent offers Ronaldo, you only have to look at sporting performance, not age. Ronaldo has a salary of around 25 million pounds, so it is not easy for any club to afford. Mendes has asked him to Bayern his opinion.
“An exchange with Robert Lewandowski is not an option, as he either stays or goes to Barcelona. These are just rumors at the moment, and it’s normal when it comes to Ronaldo.”
Man Utd’s five years of failure examined
“The last piece of the puzzle.” This is how José Mourinho described Manchester United’s Europa League final victory over Ajax in May 2017. United were, he noted, now a club that had won every trophy in the world of football.
That night’s victory in Stockholm was supposed to be the beginning, not the end. It may have been his third trophy of the season, as Mourinho memorably gestured with his fingers, but it had also been what he described as his most difficult season as manager.
United managed at times, finishing sixth in the Premier League. But back then, even a sizzling version of the red machine seemed capable of mass-producing cutlery. Louis van Gaal had been sacked with the FA Cup right in front of him.
There was an acceptance that United needed to improve and an assumption that they would. Instead, the fifth anniversary of that win has come and gone, but it remains the club’s most recent trophy. Liverpool have won six since then. Manchester City have won 11.
How has that happened? How has this been allowed to happen? It is a story of arrogance and self-harm, a club hampered by too many voices and too few. From ownership to recruitment, the problems were innumerable. The solution? It is unclear if that has already been found.
Now that five years have passed since United’s last trophy, we look at how and why it went wrong for a club once synonymous with success…
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