Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United are not sure if the striker will attend the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia | football news

Manchester United are unsure if Cristiano Ronaldo will fly with the team on Friday for their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.

The 37-year-old has not returned to training at Carrington, citing family reasons, which the club have accepted.

Ronaldo’s absence comes amid informing United that he wants to leave Old Trafford this summer if a suitable offer comes through.

Ronaldo was due to rejoin his teammates on Monday but instead has been keeping fit at Portugal’s training base Cidade do Futebol for the past few days.

Sky sports news He has been told that Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has spent the last few weeks selling the ‘Christian effect’ to clubs after compiling a dossier of his client’s immense sponsorship, social media and ‘new markets’ influence. ‘.

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Kaveh Solhekol explains what could happen next for Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United after it was revealed he wants to leave the club this summer.

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is among the executives who heard the speech and is considering a move.

Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Napoli have also pledged and while United insist Ronaldo is not for sale, that stance is expected to soften if a proposal from a foreign team comes forward.

The club do not want the situation to overshadow Erik ten Hag’s pre-season work or innings, with full-back Tyrell Malacia set to be introduced and Christian Eriksen verbally pledging to join.

There is a basic agreement with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong, while advanced negotiations continue for Lisandro Martínez.

Talks have also been held with Ajax for striker Antony, but new manager Alfred Schreuder said: “He has a contract until 2025. I want to work with him, and the club knows that.”

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Former striker Louis Saha says Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United are in a ‘difficult’ situation with the Portuguese star asking to leave the club.

Ten Hag will have to expand his attacking targets if Ronaldo leaves with the club already worried about their lack of scoring threat heading into the new campaign.

Ronaldo scored 24 times in all competitions last season, but United posted their lowest point tally in the Premier League.

If he misses the tour, it will be seen as the end of the Portuguese international’s second spell at the club.

United kick off their pre-season schedule against Liverpool in Bangkok next Tuesday, ahead of friendlies with Melbourne City, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in Australia.

Where is Ronaldo and who can afford him?

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Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepúlveda says that the desire to win another Champions League is the main reason behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to leave Manchester United.

Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepúlveda speaking on Sky Sports News:

“Ronaldo was in Lisbon last Friday. He is staying in a hotel – he has many apartments here in Portugal – but he is staying in a hotel and he is training all day at the complex where the Portuguese team always trains. Every day he goes there. and he does his training, sometimes alone. On Saturday he was with some friends, on Friday he was alone. He took some photos with some young players from Portugal who stay at that training ground. Last night, we thought he was going to Manchester He will participate in pre-season training, but we learned this morning that he has some personal terms to deal with.

“The big question now is whether Ronaldo will stay here in Lisbon taking care of these things or if it’s a momentary thing and he will fly to Manchester in the next few days to be with his teammates and wait to see what the future looks like.” goes for him

I think Ronaldo will stay in Lisbon for a few more days and Jorge Mendes will try to force the transfer for him.

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the FA Cup fourth round match between Manchester United and Middlesbrough at Old Trafford (AP)

“If you look at the teams that can give Ronaldo a contract, there are not many. There are also not many teams that can compete for the Champions League. There is Bayern Munich who have said that Ronaldo is not part of their project. In Spain.” You have Real Madrid and you can’t put Barcelona in the race. Ronaldo will never play for Barcelona and Real Madrid are no longer interested in a player like Ronaldo.”

“In England it is the only place where I could see some opportunities, but can you see Ronaldo playing in the Premier League in another shirt than Man United? Can he be in another team? You have Liverpool and Chelsea, we already know the new Chelsea. “. The owner had a conversation with Jorge Mendes about Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I don’t think we have to talk about finances, look at the money he already has. It’s not about the money, it’s about the project. Ronaldo can play a season at Sporting Lisbon for now, no. He’s still at the highest level. and one of the best players in the world. Not because of what he has done, but because of what he is doing now. I think that Sporting Lisbon is a possibility for Ronaldo, but not now. Ronaldo will only go to a club that can fight for the Champions League. Sporting will have to wait, but Ronaldo has the desire to play in the United States as well. It’s a possibility in the future, but not for this transfer window. These teams are in Ronaldo’s head and are in the fight for him. “

Will Ronaldo stay or leave United?

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford (AP)
Ronaldo was due to rejoin his team-mates on Monday, but has instead kept fit at Portugal’s training base.

Speaking in early June, Ronaldo said he was “very happy” to remain at United and predicted they would bounce back from a terrible 2021/22 season.

But just a month later, the Portugal captain has changed his mind. sky sports analyzes the reasons for and against his possible departure.

The 37-year-old returned to Manchester last summer, 12 years after originally leaving for Real Madrid, and scored 24 goals in 38 games to finish as the club’s top scorer in all competitions.

But while it was a solid campaign in front of Ronaldo’s goal, it was disastrous for the team. United finished sixth in the Premier League and failed to lift a trophy for the fifth consecutive season.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has played in the Champions League for 19 straight campaigns and United’s failure to qualify for the competition is understood to be a key reason for wanting to leave the club for a second time.

As United players look to impress new boss Erik ten Hag ahead of their Premier League opener against Brighton on August 7, live on sky sportsRonaldo’s future is now an unwanted distraction.

sky sports Dan Sansom discusses the reasons for and against his departure this summer…

Man Utd matches: Ten Hag debut against Brighton on Sky

Erik ten Hag’s first Premier League game as Manchester United manager will be against Brighton at Old Trafford, live. sky sportson the opening Super Sunday of the 2022/23 season.

After facing Graham Potter’s Seagulls on Sunday, August 7, live on sky Sports, United travel to Brentford for the second round of matches before hosting rivals Liverpool in a blockbuster early-season clash on the weekend of 20 August.

United’s trip to the Etihad Stadium for the first Manchester derby of the season on October 1 kicks off an overwhelming month in which Ten Hag’s side travel to Everton and Chelsea and host Tottenham, Newcastle and West Ham.

The last match before the season break for the winter World Cup will be against Fulham on the weekend of 12-13 November. United then return to action on Boxing Day in Fulham.

2023 will be opened by a home game against promoted Bournemouth. Premier League champions Manchester City are next at Old Trafford on January 14, traveling back to Anfield on March 4, while United conclude their season at home to Fulham on May 28.

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