While the possible departure of Cristiano Ronaldo made the front page of all the transfer window gazettes, Erik ten Hag had to speak to clarify the situation of the Portuguese striker. The Manchester United manager has also confirmed Harry Maguire in his role as captain.
A priori, Ronaldo does not want to play the Europa League.
New Manchester United coach, Erik ten Hag probably did not expect such a first transfer window with the Red Devils. So far, only left-back Tyrell Malacia has joined the squad, coming from Feyenoord, while Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani have left.
Another name could be added to the list, and not the least: Cristiano Ronaldo, who has no idea not to compete in the Champions League next season.
Ronaldo talks to several European leaders
According to several sources, his agent Jorge Mendes is working to find him a way out. CR7 has therefore been proposed to several European leaders. In the Premier League (Chelsea), in the Bundesliga (Bayern Munich), in Italy (Naples) and even in Spain, where there has been talk of interest… from FC Barcelona. An air of dj seen? Last summer, the 37-year-old Portuguese striker had already been announced everywhere before finally leaving Juventus to return to Manchester United.
That Ronaldo wants to leave, therefore, does not seem to be a shadow of a doubt. But can he? Few clubs are able to afford his salary. And above all, the Red Devils obviously do not want to open the door. Recently, the Mancunian team’s sponsors expressed their concern about a possible departure from the five-time Ballon d’Or, so Ten Hag had to speak up: He wants to leave ? He didn’t tell me that. I read about it in the newspapers but, as I say again, Cristiano is not sold.
CR7 absent from the summer tour, Ten Hag responds
His absence during the summer tour in Thailand and Australia, which has just started? It’s due to personal problemsreplied the Dutch coach. We have plans with Ronaldo for this season, that’s all I have to say. And I look forward to working with him. (…) He is part of the project and we want to succeed together. I spoke with him before this problem arose, and we had a very good discussionfinally concluded Ten Hag on this delicate subject.
prickly, ms. Just like that of the possible arrival of Frenkie de Jong from FC Barcelona. But this time, Ten Hag kicked into touch. We are obviously looking for players in the middle and in front. But I’m not talking about players who are not under contract with us. We have a very good team, we just have to develop our style of play and, at the level of the transfer window, we will take action if the opportunity arises.added the former Ajax Amsterdam coach.
Maguire keeps the armband
Last topic on the program: the captain’s armband. While a change was expected after the more than delicate season carried out by Harry Maguire, it will ultimately be nothing. Harry is the captain. He’s an established captain, he’s had a lot of success, so I don’t wonder about that.replied Ten Hag from Thailand. Some supporters would no doubt have preferred to see Ronaldo inherit it, but it remains to be seen whether he will still be wearing the Red Devils jersey in a month…
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