Cristiano Ronaldo is allegedly pondering a summer transfer away from Manchester United because he is unclear of his position at the club under Erik ten Hag.
During the 2021-22 season, the Portugal international scored 24 goals and had three assists in 38 appearances for the Red Devils, including 18 Premier League goals.
Ronaldo’s contract at Old Trafford has 12 months left on it, with an option for another year, although there has been talk over his future in recent months.
When addressing the media at his first news conference as Man United manager, Ten Hag appeared to reveal that the 37-year-old was a part of his plans for next season.
Ronaldo, though, is considering leaving Old Trafford before the summer transfer window closes, according to La Repubblica.
According to the article, the Portuguese do not feel included in Ten Hag’s Old Trafford initiative, as the Dutchman’s teams are based on pressuring from the front.
The lack of Champions League football for the 2022-23 season is also said to be a major issue for Ronaldo, who is anxious to win the title at least one more before his career ends.
Jorge Mendes, the attacker’s agent, is thought to be on the lookout for a new club, with Roma ‘dreaming’ of bringing him back to Italy this summer.
Sporting Lisbon, where Ronaldo began his professional career, would also be interested in signing him if he expressed a wish to leave Old Trafford, according to the source.
Before joining Man United in 2003, the attacker made 31 appearances for Sporting, before moving on to Real Madrid and Juventus before returning to the Red Devils last summer.
During Ronaldo’s time in Italy, he won two Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia, but Man United concluded last season without a trophy and in sixth place in the Premier League.
Ronaldo’s departure would leave Ten Hag’s side short of options in the final third of the field, as Edinson Cavani’s free transfer has already been confirmed, and Anthony Martial’s future at the club remains uncertain, so a departure for Ronaldo would leave Ten Hag’s side short of options in the final third of the field.
Darwin Nunez was said to be a top target this summer, but the Uruguayan has joined Liverpool from Benfica, while Manchester City has won the race to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland.
After playing for his country during the recent international break, Ronaldo will not report for pre-season training with Man United at the end of this month.
However, the attacker is likely to join the team on their pre-season tour next month, when they will play friendlies against Liverpool, Melbourne City, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Atletico Madrid, and Rayo Vallecano before the start of the new Premier League season.