Cristiano Ronaldo held talks about his future at Manchester United with boss Erik ten Hag on Tuesday as Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich ruled out a move for the striker.
The 37-year-old arrived at United’s Carrington training ground with his agent Jorge Mendes on Tuesday morning for a chat.
Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was also seen arriving, but it is understood he was there for a regular board meeting with chief executive Richard Arnold.
Ronaldo returned to the UK on Monday after missing the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia for family reasons, with the explanation accepted by the club.
Ten Hag admitted he was unclear on the situation before the tour, but Ronaldo is now back at United after training away from the team in recent weeks.
The Portugal captain has told United he wants to leave this summer amid concerns he will not be able to compete for the club’s biggest trophies.
But United’s stance on Ronaldo’s future hasn’t changed: United are willing to listen to offers for Ronaldo this summer, Sky sports news he understands, but the club’s public stance remains that he is not for sale.
Ten Hag said in Bangkok that Ronaldo, who has one year left on his United contract, is in his plans for next season and hopes he will stay at the club.
“We are planning Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that’s it. I really want to work with him. Cristiano is not for sale. He’s in our plans and we want success together,” said the Dutchman.
“He is not with us and it is for personal reasons. I spoke with him before this topic came up. I had a conversation with him and I had a good talk. That is between Cristiano and me. What I can confirm is that we had a very good conversation together. I didn’t talk to him after (the news).”
Atlético and Bayern rule out signing Ronaldo
Atlético de Madrid and Bayern Munich have been ruled out to sign Ronaldo.
Atletico were linked with a move for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, but their president, Enrique Cerezo, called a move for the Real Madrid icon “virtually impossible”.
“I’ve already said it several times, I don’t know who invented Cristiano’s story, but I’m telling you that it’s practically impossible for him to come to Atlético de Madrid,” Cerezo told reporters on Tuesday, via Cope’s Big Game.
“Rumors are rumors and they have to stay rumours. If you keep feeding rumors, eventually it’s going to seem like it’s real, and it’s not.”
Meanwhile, Bayern chief executive Oliver Kahn has said that despite initial consideration and even after losing star striker Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, the Bundesliga champions will not be looking to sign Ronaldo.
In early July, Kahn told the German magazine Kicker that Ronaldo does not fit into the club’s hiring philosophy, and reiterated the statements in an interview with image.
“We discussed Cristiano Ronaldo internally, I consider him one of the best players of all time,” Kahn said.
Then we came to the conclusion that, despite the appreciation for Cristiano, it would not fit our philosophy in the current situation.”
Has Ronaldo run out of options?
Melissa Reddy, Senior Reporter for Sky Sports News:
“As we have seen on Instagram, Ronaldo has stayed fit, so Manchester United have no worries about his fitness or fitness level – he is one of the fittest players in world football.
“Ultimately Ronaldo has stated his desire to leave Old Trafford but he is running out of options and it looks like he will actually have to stay. United will fire him, maybe they want to maneuver and force a new deal, we will have to wait and see. But Stamford Bridge doesn’t seem to be on their cards.
“Chelsea have distanced themselves from a deal for Ronaldo, as have Bayern Munich, Napoli and many other elite clubs that Jorge Mendes, who is Ronaldo’s agent, has tried to sell him to.
“That offer from Saudi Arabia is astronomical but ultimately it doesn’t give Cristiano Ronaldo what he wants, which is that legacy. He wants to achieve Champions League records that he thinks no one else will be able to achieve in the future.”
“He wants to sign at the absolute highest level. Now, it seems more and more that he will have to stay at Manchester United because there are no biters from the big clubs.”
“Everybody already has their strikers, and Chelsea, which is the only club that seems like it could be affected by what Cristiano Ronaldo offers off the pitch because we were told that Mendes, while he was in charge of these clubs, was putting up his numbers. in terms of social media clout, the sponsorship he gets, the business profit from his jersey sales and the like. But even they now say it’s not in their plans. Their immediate goal is to beef up the defense.
“So that leaves Ronaldo really without a lot of options. We know he wants to compete at the highest level, so if he goes to Saudi Arabia, it goes against everything he has said and everything we really know about him and his career. “. .
“Manchester United have always been very calm and very comfortable. They have insisted that he is not for sale, and he will be serving the last year of his contract. We will see how they handle this now in the future, but Ronaldo remains fit.” , so they don’t have any issues or fears about what state he’ll show up in preseason.”
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