Cristiano Ronaldo returns to England for talks with Manchester United on his future, Athleticism understand.
Ronaldo has yet to work under new manager Erik ten Hag as he missed United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, citing family reasons.
The 37-year-old is due in Manchester on Monday and will hold talks with United, having informed them of his wish to leave this summer should a suitable offer arrive.
United’s position remains that Ronaldo is not for sale and will be an important part of their squad in the 2022-23 campaign.
It’s unclear at this stage if he will train with United on Tuesday, but he is expected to have a face-to-face dialogue with Ten Hag in the coming days.
His return is believed to be viewed by the Old Trafford club as a positive sign.
Sources around the matter suggest it’s increasingly likely that Ronaldo will stay at United, but there’s still a lack of clarity over the situation.
The United players were released on Monday after returning from Australia, but will return for training on Tuesday ahead of their final two pre-season games.
Athleticism reported earlier this month that Ronaldo had told United he would like to leave if a suitable offer was made.
Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has met Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes to discuss the situation and the striker’s idea of moving to Stamford Bridge. The west London side have since ruled out a transfer for Ronaldo.
Ten Hag was repeatedly asked if he could give an update on Ronaldo’s future during United’s pre-season tour, but he stressed that the situation had not changed and he didn’t. was not for sale.
Ronaldo still has 12 months left on the contract he signed when he joined United from Juventus last summer. There is also an option for an additional year which Ten Hag says could be exercised.
Ten Hag, speaking in Melbourne on July 18, said: “I’m well informed he also has an option (from another year).
“Yes (he could stay beyond this season), but to be honest, of course I signed here for three years, but in football it’s also short term. You have to win from the start So I don’t look that far.
“I have a strategy, it’s a process, it takes time but in the end you have to make sure from the start that there is a winning team.”
Ronaldo scored 24 goals in all competitions last season, finishing as United’s top scorer, but was unable to help them qualify for the Champions League.
The lack of Champions League football this coming season and the determination to fight for trophies are believed to be part of the reasoning behind his desire to leave.
The striker wants United to be competitive at the highest level and would like them to match his ambition by strengthening the squad.
United have made two signings so far this summer with Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen joining the club. Lisandro Martinez has also agreed to move to Old Trafford from Ajax.
Ten Hag’s side open the new Premier League season at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on August 7.
(Photo: Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)