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Cristiano Ronaldo reiterated to Manchester United executives this week his preference to become listed on another club come early july, based on the Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell.
Per that report, Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is “attempting to establish exit routes from Old Trafford, and The Athletic understands talks have already been held with Sporting Lisbon,” Ronaldo’s former club that finished second in Portugal’s Primeira Liga last season and can have Champions League football this season.
A transfer to his first professional club might not be realistic, however. As Whitwell noted, “locating the finance for this type of moveincluding covering his high wageswould be complex in fact it is said head coach Ruben Amorim has reservations about bringing Ronaldo into his team given the huge change in dynamic the 37-year-old would inevitably cause.”
Additionally, Manchester United executives remain bored with selling Ronaldo come early july, per that report.
But while Ronaldo reported Tuesday to United for medical testing, he’s got been training from the team and didn’t join them on the preseason tour. With the club’s Premier League season opening Aug. 7 against Brighton Hove & Albion, Ronaldo’s absence has turned into a major concern.
That’s compounded by the truth that new manager Erik ten Hag is wanting to institute his system prior to the season. Ronaldo hasn’t caused his teammates or his new manager on the pitch, though he’s got been trained in Portugal, per Whitwell.
Ronaldo’s mix of wages and limitations on the pitchwhile he scored 18 goals in 30 Premier League appearances last season, he doesn’t provide defensive work rate necessary for the favorite high-pressing style many managers desire to playhave appeared to keep high-profile clubs away come early july.
While Ronaldo wants Champions League football, clubs like Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG and Chelsea have reportedlyor in some instances, very publiclydeclined to pursue him.
It’s all a significant concern for United, which already is thin up top at the striker position and hoping in order to avoid another disastrous campaign like last season where it finished sixth.
Some resolution on Ronaldo’s situation would go quite a distance toward aiding that effort.