According to reports, Manchester United have set a deadline for Cristiano Ronaldo to join the team’s preseason training.
The 37-year-old legend has said he wants to leave the team this summer. Due to family issues, he missed last Monday’s return to preseason practises at the club’s Carrington facilities. Ronaldo is yet to turn up at the time of writing this.
Ronaldo has been given permission to forgo the first few training sessions as well as the first portion of United’s pre-season tour in Thailand.
The Red Devils would completely exclude the Portuguese from their upcoming tour to Australia if he is not available by the end of the week, according to the Daily Mail. After they played Liverpool, the team is scheduled to depart for Australia. Apparently, they don’t see much value in sending Ronaldo if he can’t train within the next week.
Manchester United will leave Thailand and head to Melbourne to take on Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace, before playing a friendly against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa in Perth.
Ronaldo And His Future At United
Cristiano Ronaldo has a difficult decision in front of him. He is in the twilight of his career, and most clubs are sceptical about signing him. He is on huge wages, which is another deterrent for potential new clubs.
Ronaldo wants to win another Champions League to firmly establish his legacy. But United do not seem to be in the right shape for it. They finished in a Europa League place last season.
Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona are said to be interested in Ronaldo. But a move has not taken shape due to one reason or the other. It looks like he will be staying at Old Trafford this season. But, the transfer market is often unpredictable. The Cristiano Ronaldo saga is one to keep an eye out for this summer.
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