For a week, Cristiano Ronaldo ignites Manchester United and England. It all started last Saturday when the Time revealed that the Portuguese star wanted to leave the Red Devils just a year after his return. News that surprised but was quickly confirmed by other media. In the process, we learned that Naples, Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona or even Chelsea were possible destinations for the 37-year-old striker.
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CR7 dries up the summer tour
For its part, Manchester United has closed the door to a departure from CR7. The English club had to somehow manage this media tsunami, especially since the player, expected to resume on Monday, did not show up. Officially, MU was aware of his absence for family reasons. But the English press sees a clear link with his future. All week, Cristiano Ronaldo has therefore missed training headed by Erik ten Hag, who did not expect to have to deal with such a case for his debut.
The Dutch coach will have to be convincing during the meeting he will have with the former Real Madrid player, who has decided to leave. A message visibly heard by its management. According The sunthe Mancunians, resigned, would have opened the door to a departure this summer. But in public, this is not the speech held by the Red Devils, who hoped to count on CR7 during the summer tour, he who is very valuable in terms of sponsorship. But the player born in 85 has decided otherwise since he will skip the tour in Thailand.
MU will have to change its priorities
He will not be traveling announced several media yesterday, recalling that the slow transfer window of United, the absence in C1 and the 25% salary reduction imposed as a result motivated his decision to leave. Manchester United, which is facing a real headache with its star, has therefore been caught off guard and will have to change its plans for the transfer window. Indeed, the Manchester Evening News explains that the residents of Old Trafford will review their summer strategy.
After completing the arrivals of Christian Eriksen and Frenkie de Jong, both appreciated by Ten Hag, the club’s objective will be to accelerate the recruitment of a striker. Track n°1 is still Antony (Ajax). A player who was already targeted before and who is even more so now that CR7 wants to leave. the MEN explains that the attacker’s file has become a priority for the English management, which had not looked into the Haaland or Darwin Nuñez tracks thinking that CR7 would stay. Now we need to find a successor. This is the priority, much more than the search for a right side and a central defender, two positions where MU also wants to strengthen. By displaying his desires for departure, CR7 has completely upset the Mancunian transfer window.