Erik Ten Haag says Cristiano Ronaldo is not available for a transfer this summer
Erik ten Hag wants Cristiano Ronaldo to be a central figure in his new regime at Manchester United, with the club’s new Dutch boss telling the media that the Portuguese superstar is not available for a transfer this summer – despite the player reportedly telling the club about his desire to leave Old Trafford.
Former Ajax boss Ten Hoag was tasked with righting the ship in the red half of Manchester following the tumultuous reigns of Ralf Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but it looked like any revival for the Red Devils would have to happen without Ronaldo after their top scorer last season asked to leave , when an appropriate offer is made for his services.
Ronaldo’s desire to leave United for a second time is understood to have followed their dreadful season in which they failed to qualify for the Champions League – the five-time competition winner is said to be eyeing a sixth before hanging up his boots.
The likes of Chelsea, Napoli and Bayern Munich are all believed to be considering a move for Ronaldo, but United’s public stance is that he will not be going anywhere but the club’s training ground in the coming weeks.” Carrington.”
However, speculation remains that United’s public statements differ from their internal decisions amid reports that the Ten Hag are preparing to live without last season’s top goalscorer.
“We are planning this season with Ronaldo – that’s all. I’m looking forward to working with him,” Ten Haag said ahead of the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.
Ronaldo will not attend any of the scheduled games.
“He didn’t tell me that. I have read, but as I said, Cristiano is not for sale, he is in our plans and we want to succeed together.
“I spoke to him before this problem arose. I spoke to him and spoke very well.’
Sky Sports reports that Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has spent the past few days trying to convince a host of Europe’s elite clubs not only of Ronaldo’s strong talents in the latter part of his career, but also of the significant financial benefits available through the player.
Mendes compiled a dossier highlighting Ronaldo’s influence on commodities, social media and access to underdeveloped markets; a byproduct of being the most famous soccer player in the world.
Mendes has already met with new Chelsea owner Todd Boley, where he is understood to have tried to convince him of the impact Ronaldo could have at Stamford Bridge, both on and off the pitch.
At the moment, however, Ronaldo hasn’t quite hit the panic button when it comes to his intentions to leave the club.
But the Portuguese is unlikely to fear the ‘nuclear option’ – especially given the comments he made the last time he wanted to leave Manchester United in 2008, when he joined former FIFA president Sepp Blatter in suggesting that United is involved in “slavery”. ” in their refusal to budge amid interest from Real.
“I agree with what [Blatter] said, “Ronaldo said at that time.
“It’s true. I agree with what the FIFA president said. I know what I want and what I would like. We have to see what happens. I don’t know where to start next season.”
Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United soon learned what happens when Ronaldo’s demands are not obeyed. One suspects that Erik Ten Haag’s regime may soon learn a similar lesson.