Despite the fact that the Portuguese superstar skipped the preseason tour of Thailand and Australia, new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag declared on Monday that Cristiano Ronaldo was “not for sale.”
Due to a family matter, Ronaldo was unable to begin training with the elite English Premier League teams last week.
Due to speculations that he wants to quit after United’s failure to make the Champions League, the 37-year-old did not board the plane for the preseason trip.
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Ten Hag said: “We are planning for Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that’s it. I’m looking forward to working with him.” Ten Hag was speaking before the Old Trafford club’s first preseason friendly against Liverpool in Bangkok on Tuesday.
“I’ve read it, but what I say is that Cristiano is not for sale; he is in our plans, and we want success with him,” the speaker said.
The uneasy striker had been in contact with the incoming Dutch manager of United before to last week’s rumours that he wanted to depart.
Ten Hag stated, “I talked to him before this matter came up.
“I spoke with him, and we had a great conversation.”
He would not, however, discuss the details of the call, saying that it was private.
The club’s poor performance since his return to Manchester last year, which resulted in them finishing sixth in the English Premier League and being relegated to the lower-tier Europa League the following season, apparently prompted Ronaldo to request his departure.
Ten Hag only joined United in May after concluding a successful tenure at Ajax, and he confronts a formidable assignment in trying to rebuild the Old Trafford team, which hasn’t won a trophy since 2017.
Ronaldo was voted the club’s player of the year last season after tallying 24 goals across all competitions.
Harry Maguire, an English defender, would continue to serve as club captain, according to Ten Hag.