Man United were ‘caught off guard’ by Cristiano Ronaldo telling them he wanted to leave with Red Devils feeling the timing was ‘shocking’… while Erik ten Hag ‘addressed the wantaway star’s future in his first team talk’
- Cristiano Ronaldo stunned United by informing them he wanted to leave
- United were unhappy with the timing as they may need to sign a replacement
- Erik ten Hag immediately addressed the issue in his first United team talk
- Ronaldo has not flown on the pre-season tour after being given time off
Manchester United were reportedly upset with the ‘shocking’ timing of Cristiano Ronaldo telling the club that he wanted to leave and were caught off guard by the Portugal star’s decision.
Ronaldo has informed United that he wishes to depart Old Trafford for a second time should they receive a suitable offer for him in the summer transfer window.
The 37-year-old’s desire to leave stunned the club and dealt a blow to manager Erik ten Hag, who had Ronaldo as a focal point in his plans ahead of the new season.
Cristiano Ronaldo has told United he wishes to leave if they receive a suitable offer for him
According to The Athletic, citing a source close to United, the club felt the timing was ‘shocking’ as it has left the Red Devils scrambling to find a possible replacement for their top-scorer last season.
Calls have been made to sound out potential suitors should Ronaldo be sold but United have already seen two targets, Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland, join Liverpool and Manchester City, respectively.
Ten Hag, who was not informed by Ronaldo of his decision directly, immediately addressed the issue as he discussed it during his first team talk to the full United squad on Monday, The Athletic reported.
Ronaldo has been pictured in the new United home shirt, which was released on Friday
The 37-year-old Portuguese star has not travelled with the United squad for their pre-season tour
Ronaldo was due to report back for pre-season training on Monday but has been given compassionate leave by United for a family-related issue.
He has so far missed four days of training and has not flown with the team on their pre-season tour. The club still don’t know if Ronaldo will be able to join the four-game, 16-day trip at a later date.
Chelsea and Napoli have expressed an interest but Ronaldo is understood to accept it will be difficult to find a Champions League club prepared to match his £500,000-a-week wages just a month before the new season starts, particularly given United’s stance.
New United manager Erik ten Hag addressed the Ronaldo issue with his team before training
Todd Boehly, Chelsea’s new owner, has held talks with the player’s agent Jorge Mendes but no bid has yet been made.
United will not want to waken their squad at a time when Ten Hag wants new players.
Ronaldo wants to play in the Champions League and also expressed concern over the club’s activity in the transfer market.
Despite signing Tyrell Malacia and reaching a verbal agreement with Christian Eriksen, United have yet to make a breakthrough in talks with Barcelona over their top target Frenkie de Jong.
Ronaldo saying he wants to leave dealt a huge blow to United and Ten Hag ahead of the new season