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Cristiano Ronaldo finally returned to Man United during Erik ten Hag debriefing

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Cristiano Ronaldo took part in Manchester United’s tour debrief on Tuesday after the club reaffirmed the Portuguese star was not for sale.

The 37-year-old arrived at the club’s Carrington training complex at 10am with agent Jorge Mendes ahead of a day of talks over his future after telling the club last month he wanted to leave.

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However, he proved his desire to stay professional when he joined United teammates as well as new signings Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez for manager Erik ten Hag’s 90-minute analysis of their recent tour of Thailand and Australia.

Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Carrington at 10am on Tuesday morning, accompanied by his agent Jorge Mendes for crucial talks with Man United boss Erik ten Hag.

Ronaldo has missed the club's entire pre-season so far after being given compassionate leave and has not traveled with the rest of the squad to Thailand and Australia.

Ronaldo has missed the club’s entire pre-season so far after being given compassionate leave and has not traveled with the rest of the squad to Thailand and Australia.

Legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson also arrived at Carrington, but it turned out to be for a pre-arranged board meeting with David Gill and Richard Arnold.

Legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson also arrived at Carrington, but it turned out to be for a pre-arranged board meeting with David Gill and Richard Arnold.

Ronaldo also briefly stopped to greet former boss Sir Alex Ferguson and captain Bryan Robson at the club’s restaurant ahead of the 11.30am encounter.

Ferguson and Robson were in Carrington for a scheduled lunch with general manager Richard Arnold and David Gill, the club’s former CEO.

Arnold was due to meet Mendes later to discuss the striker’s future, but the club were unwilling to go into details.

Mendes said he was impressed with Arnold’s approach and willingness to listen. Arnold also tried to convince Ronaldo to stay and, as of last night, the club’s official position remains the same: he is not for sale.

That hasn’t deterred Mendes from trying to find a new club for his star client, including former Real Madrid rivals Atletico.

But on Tuesday night, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo dismissed the prospect and said the club could not afford Ronaldo.

Speaking on Spanish radio, Cerezo said: “I don’t know who made up this story of Cristiano Ronaldo at Atletico Madrid. It’s not true. It’s practically impossible for him to come to Atletico Madrid.

United face Wrexham in a friendly behind closed doors on Wednesday but Ronaldo is unlikely to feature.

Ronaldo, 37, has been working to maintain his fitness but it is far from clear if he will be a Manchester United player for much longer.

Ronaldo, 37, has been working to maintain his fitness but it is far from clear if he will be a Manchester United player for much longer.

Ronaldo showed off his ripped physique in the gym as he missed United's pre-season tour

Ronaldo showed off his ripped physique in the gym as he missed United’s pre-season tour

But new signings Martinez and Eriksen, who shared a round at Carrington on Tuesday, are more likely to play.

They will develop much-needed fitness ahead of United’s next two friendlies. The first team will play a timely game against Atletico in Oslo on Saturday, while a second team will face Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford 24 hours later.

The burst of flashes from photographers at 10am on Tuesday heralded Ronaldo’s return to the club. The striker looked resplendent in his £168,000 blue Bentley, his trusted agent Mendes by his side.

New manager Erik ten Hag gave an update on Ronaldo's pre-season tour on Tuesday

New manager Erik ten Hag gave an update on Ronaldo’s pre-season tour on Tuesday

Ronaldo should catch up on the training ground to be ready for the new season

Ronaldo should catch up on the training ground to be ready for the new season

The sense of occasion was amplified by Ferguson’s arrival nearly an hour later, even though the club’s former manager was officially there for a meeting to discuss United’s wider plans.

Still, many on staff wondered if the Scot had arrived to play another role in trying to convince Ronaldo to stay loyal to his beloved club. That, however, was left to Arnold and manager Ten Hag, who argued there was a place in his revamped squad for the Portugal captain.

Ronaldo, who first informed United of his desire to leave last month, has never played in the Europa League during his illustrious career and has no desire to start now; his wish is to join a team capable of challenging the Champions League. His ambition has always been to finish at the top.

Ronaldo scored 24 times for United last season, including crucial European goals

Ronaldo scored 24 times for United last season, including crucial European goals

Ronaldo had been given compassionate leave for a family issue and the United squad got by without him on their 17-day trip to Thailand and Australia. They returned on Sunday afternoon to learn that Ronaldo would be returning soon. He arrived by private jet from Madrid at 9.30pm on Monday.

If Ronaldo stays at the club, Ten Hag will still need him to be fit and he’s unlikely to bring him back directly to the team. Anthony Martial has earned the right to lead the attack by scoring three goals in four friendlies.

Ten Hag said he spoke to Ronaldo before the tour, explaining: “I had a good conversation.

“It’s between Cristiano and me. What I can confirm is that we had a very good conversation together.

Anthony Martial has impressed at centre-forward on the pre-season tour

Anthony Martial has impressed at centre-forward on the pre-season tour

The words that follow will be the most important, but Ronaldo’s presence at the team debrief offers hope for peace.

Ten Hag has already made it clear that he needs another striker, even if Ronaldo stays. United are pursuing a deal for Brazilian winger Antony, who is valued at £68m by Ajax.

Such a purchase is unlikely to be straightforward, and with Frenkie de Jong’s deal still pending, United don’t need another transfer saga this summer.

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