Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United has requested to leave the club this summer, and the Red Devils will be given an indication of the Portuguese superstar’s commitment sooner rather than later.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United will be clearer sooner rather than later, with the Portuguese superstar scheduled to return to the club’s Carrington Training Base next week.
He has requested to leave Old Trafford after being deeply upset by the club’s inability to qualify for the Champions League last season. It is understood that he believes he has three or four years remaining at the highest level and has asked the club to enable him to leave if a suitable offer for his services is made.
If that happens, the 37-year-old will leave less than a year after making an emotional homecoming to United from Italian giants Juventus.
So far, the Red Devils have taken a tough position on his future, with it being reported that they were enraged by rumors that Jorge Mendes had met with new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, while refusing to comment on the more recent speculation over his want to depart.
In less than two days, the club could have a far clearer picture of the issue. Ronaldo will return to the club’s Carrington Training Base to begin his pre-season preparations.
A handful of Red Devils have previously played, and new manager Erik ten Hag has a greater understanding of his players. Ronaldo was not present since he had been allowed longer vacation time due to international commitments following the 2021/22 season.
Teammate Bruno Fernandes has already stated that the two will return on Monday and that he expects his teammate to be present. “I spoke to him a few weeks ago – we’re both on vacation, no one bothers friends on vacation – I hope to meet him on the fourth to train there [at Manchester United], I’m not expecting more than that,” he told the Portuguese press earlier this week.
“There is nothing more than that, but everyone is concerned about their future.” I don’t believe the club is willing to lose a player of Cristiano’s caliber.”
There is no suggestion that the 37-year-old will be any less committed or professional if he returns or threatens to force a move with a no-show – but the prospect of face-to-face talks with manager Ten Hag and the club hierarchy will provide both parties with an excellent opportunity to reach an agreement over his decision.
Of course, the Dutchman has previously stated his wish for the former Real Madrid player to be available to him next season. When asked if Ronaldo was in his plans for next season, the former Ajax manager simply answered, “Of course.”
The forward has a year left on his expensive contract, which he signed last summer. Last season, he scored 24 goals in all competitions as the Red Devils finished sixth under Ralf Rangnick.