Cristiano Ronaldo has told Manchester United that he wants out as he does not believe that the club will be able to win the Premier League next season; he wants to be involved in the Champions League. Just 11 months after he was announced as the winning candidate at Old Trafford, the Portuguese superstar has told United that if they get a sufficiently big offer, he will be willing to leave, according to several reports, following Manchester United’s failure to make it into the Champions League last season. Were Juventus to lose out on the financial benefit of playing next season’s Champions League football, Juventus would be quick to accept a Cristiano Ronaldo deal from the venerable Real Madrid.
Suppose reports are accurate, and Cristiano Ronaldo does choose to leave Manchester United before the start of the new season. In that case, Ten Hag will find it hard to replace the Portuguese icon with a similarly effective forward. While Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken before of how happy and excited he is to be at Old Trafford, with the club preparing for a new era under Eric Ten Hag, he does not seem keen on being a part of the Dutchman rebuild, which may take years. Manchester United star does not feel like he is part of Eric ten Hag’s plans going forward, according to a report, while Eric Ten Hag is eager to install a style at Old Trafford, which is based around pressing heavily in the forward phase.
However, reports are pre-dating the confirmation of ten Hag as manager, and whether he wants to base his attack around Cristiano Ronaldo is still yet to be seen, with a season thrown into turmoil with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar taking place in November and December. After spending a couple of seasons leading the line at Manchester United, who are intent on winning all significant trophies, and who would also have an agreeable environment for his family, his plan will then be to hang up the boots again back in Portugal, with Sporting CP, the club he started out playing at. Ronaldo’s absence from Manchester United’s training session might be seen as a hint that he is not willing to stay at Old Trafford. Amidst all of this, Chelsea has been linked again with a move for Ronaldo, as The Athletic reported talks were taking place between Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly and Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes, with Thomas Tuchel being the key to deciding if the West London club should move for Ronaldo.