Where will Cristiano Ronaldo play? The Portuguese attacker is not very enthusiastic about the idea of staying at Manchester United, who will not play the Champions League in the new 2022-2023 academic year, but the prospects of a new destination do not seem quite clear.
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“The most expensive thirties in the history of football,” said the Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias ironically.
‘CR7’, who is 37 and still has one year on his contract with United, did not rejoin the ‘Red Devils’ training session at Carrington and then did not participate in the tour of Asia and Australia.
“He has had family problems. You have to leave room for him, that’s all,” says his compatriot and club mate Bruno Fernandes.
“I don’t know what’s going through his mind if he wants to leave. I haven’t asked him that question.”
“The only thing I have asked Cristiano, when he did not come (at the beginning of pre-season training), was whether everything was going well with his family. He told me what was going on, that’s all. No more, you have to respect his decision,” he sentenced.
For his coach, Erik Ten Haag, the situation is “the same as last week,” as he explained this Friday.
Manchester United are preparing for a season without him, waiting to find out the former Real Madrid and Juventus star’s future.
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“I am focusing on the players who are here and doing a good job. We are in good condition. I can’t wait for him to come, we will integrate him at that time,” said the Dutch coach, who recently arrived at Old Trafford.
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For ‘fanzine’ United We Stand journalist Andy Mitten, “the football people in Carrington would be relieved if he left, they don’t see Cristiano Ronaldo as United’s future and many fans share that opinion”. .
Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to leave United, who finished sixth in the last Premier League, surprised the club.
The ‘timing’ of the decision with a journalist with infamous ties to the football player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, generates incredulity about whether to face the new season in mid-July.
Most of Manchester United’s rivals have already outlined their squads, with the arrival of important stars such as Norwegian Erling Haaland (Manchester City) or Uruguay Darwin Nunez (Liverpool). United will have little time left to recover a blow in the market to cushion Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential loss.
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In Cristiano’s absence in the pre-season, United are excited about the new ‘Ajax style’ introduced by Ten Haig.
Manchester United have already scored eleven goals in their friendly matches against Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace. The trio of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho have responded very well so far.
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But one thing is the desire of Cristiano Ronaldo and the other is reality. Few teams have the resources to pick up the 37-year-old with a weekly salary of 580,000 euros ($592,000), despite the fact that his agent has told potential interested parties that the player is “ready to lose his ” Will happen. Salary 30% ”, according to the British press.
At Chelsea, manager Thomas Tuchel believes “he is a fantastic player” but prefers to focus on his new striker, Raheem Sterling (ex-Liverpool).
For Bayern Munich mentor, Oliver Kahn, “no matter how great the idea of Cristiano Ronaldo, such a transfer would not fit the Bavarian club’s philosophy”.
In Spain, Barcelona’s president, Joan Laporta, admitted to having lunch with Jorge Mendes “to talk about the market in general” but not about Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese star is “not financially viable” for Atlético de Madrid, according to the newspaper Marca, which does not see a possible return to Real Madrid, where he lived his best years (2009–2018).
The player posing as ‘fake’ was a photo that circulated a few days ago of his car in front of the headquarters of his training club Sporting Lisbon.