Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Manchester United’s preseason games in Thailand and Australia.
On Friday, Manchester United confirmed their 31-man team for the Red Devils’ pre-season tour 2022, before heading to Bangkok for their first match against Liverpool on Tuesday.
United’s pre-season group contained a mix of veteran stars and youth players, but everyone was waiting to see if one guy, Cristiano Ronaldo, would be selected. The club stated that the Portuguese star will not be traveling with the rest of the squad owing to family obligations, but many will be skeptical given that the 37-year-old wants to leave the club this summer.
“Cristiano Ronaldo will not be among the party going for Thailand as he has been allowed more time off to deal with a family problem,” Man United wrote in their squad release.
What is known about Ronaldo’s future?
The Times claimed last week that Ronaldo has asked to leave Manchester United if the Premier League team receives a satisfactory offer during the transfer season. The 37-year-decision old’s is thought to be motivated by a desire to play in the Champions League for the rest of his career and be part of a group capable of challenging for Europe’s top award.
After missing training sessions this week, the Portuguese star has yet to practice with Manchester United this summer, and Sky Sports reports that United is now open to listening to bids for the striker during the current transfer window.
The superstar has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Bayern Munich in recent days, but where he will play football next season remains unknown.