Cristiano Ronaldo will not be part of the Manchester United party planned for the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.
The 37-year-old Portugal international has been granted extra time off to sort out a family issue and will not be joining Erik ten Hag and his squad on their tour of Thailand and Australia.
As for Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford, Sky Sports News understands United are ready to entertain offers for Ronaldo this summer, although the club’s public stance is that he remains under contract for another season and is not for sale.
United’s tour kicks off against Liverpool in Bangkok on July 12, before taking on Melbourne Victory in Australia three days later and Crystal Palace in Melbourne on July 19.
They next face Aston Villa in Perth on July 23 before returning home via Oslo, where they will face Atletico Madrid on July 30.
United’s only game on English soil before the start of the new season will be against Rayo Vallecano on July 31, meaning they could have over a month left in their pre-season preparations before Ronaldo joins. the club.
The striker’s absence comes as United inform they are keen to leave Old Trafford this summer if a suitable offer arrives.
Ronaldo was expected to join his teammates on Monday but has instead been keeping fit at Portugal’s training base – Cidade do Futebol – in recent days.
Former United defender Gary Neville believes Ronaldo United’s future cannot become a ‘saga’ this summer.
The sky sports an expert tweeted on Monday: “The only important factor with the Ronaldo situation is that it is dealt with decisively and quickly. This cannot be a saga that distracts from ETH bedding over the next two months .”
“Ossessive Ronaldo wants CL football”
Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepulveda to Sky Sports:
“When the transfer window is open, it’s normal that we talk about Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United are not in the Champions League next season and Ronaldo is unhappy about that.
“He’s completely obsessed with playing competitively, so he’s not living well with the reality that he won’t be playing there in the immediate future.
“He spoke to his agent Jorge Mendes, who is seeing if there are other options. He said he would speak to clubs who are aiming to win the Champions League to see what could be done in terms of change. in this summer transfer window. .
“You can forget the English clubs – Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham – because I’m 100% sure that Ronaldo won’t play for another club in England, while Ronaldo doesn’t fit into the new PSG project.
“That leaves Bayern Munich as an option. There was no interest from Bayern, but Mendes spoke to them and asked them the question: ‘How do you feel about buying Ronaldo for next season? ‘ Bayern were a bit confused when Mendes offered them Ronaldo as he’s not the type of player they usually look for.
“When an agent offers Ronaldo you just have to look at the sporting performance – not the age. Ronaldo has a salary of around £25m so it’s not easy for a club to afford him. Mendes asked Bayern what they thought about it.
“A swap deal with Robert Lewandowski is not an option as he stays or goes to Barcelona. These are just rumors at this stage, and that’s normal when it comes to Ronaldo.”
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