Cristiano Ronaldo could be allowed to leave Manchester United this month if Erik ten Hag decides his departure would be better for the club in the future.
United’s position has not changed and Ronaldo is not for sale. He still has a year left on his contract and United have the option to extend it for a further 12 months.
Sky Sports News reported on Monday that Atletico Madrid and Chelsea were still two possible destinations for Ronaldo should United change their stance and let him go.
However, there are senior officials at both clubs who are unconvinced that they should sign Ronaldo.
United have had their worst start to a Premier League season in 101 years under new manager Ten Hag.
With an opening weekend loss to Brighton quickly followed by a humble 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday, United are bottom of the table.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s future at United is seriously in doubt, with the 37-year-old keen to leave Old Trafford this summer to join a Champions League club.
‘United’s stance on easing Ronaldo’
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“The position seems to be softening a bit because obviously the manager has the final say and if he decides it’s best for all parties to say now, ‘Ronaldo, you were a legend at Man Utd in the past, thank you for what you did last season, obviously you don’t want to be here’ and if a deal that can be done is good for all parties and Ten Hag decides that’s what he wants to do, he may be allowed to leave Man Utd.
“As for the player himself, he wants to leave, he wants to play in the Champions League. That’s what’s most important to him. There’s also a suggestion that for personal reasons it would suit him. better if he could leave Man Utd.
“There’s been a lot of talk that Man Utd haven’t had any official offers for him. There haven’t been any official offers. Do we really live in a world where nobody wants a Cristiano Ronaldo? I don’t think so. I still think there is interest there and if United change their position and decide to allow him to leave, I still expect clubs like Chelsea and the Atletico Madrid are interested in signing him – if he agrees to take a big pay cut.
“There are still senior people at both of these clubs who aren’t convinced they should sign someone like Ronaldo. But he’s one of the most famous people in the world. It’s not just about what he can do on the pitch is what he can do for a club’s profile and commercial income off the pitch as well.”
Neville: United could finish in bottom half if Ronaldo leaves
Gary Neville said Monday night football Manchester United could finish in the bottom half of the Premier League this season if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the club.
“The problem they have now is that if they lose it, there’s nothing left in terms of the goal-scoring part of the pitch.
“I honestly think if they don’t bring in players or if they bring in bad players and he leaves, I honestly think they can finish in the bottom half of the table,” Neville said. Monday night football.
“I think they are a team in the bottom half of the table. It’s a massive statement that may seem silly at the end of the season.
“They’re demoralized and dejected, it’s really bad in there. They went back to default.”
Merson: Ronaldo would solve Chelsea striker problem
In his latest Sky Sports column, Paul Merson explained why Cristiano Ronaldo would be the final piece of the jigsaw for Chelsea.
“Chelsea were outstanding against Tottenham on Sunday, they dominated the game from start to finish, but they don’t have a goalscorer or a centre-forward and it cost them three points,” Merson said.
“Despite their dominance, Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris only made one save. That tells you everything you need to know.
“I can’t believe they didn’t or didn’t opt for Cristiano Ronaldo. He ticks all the boxes that Chelsea are missing.
“Playing for Chelsea is not like playing for Manchester United, who work from the halfway line. Chelsea are on the edge of the box, dominating games.
“Chelsea have amazing wingers, they dominate football games, if they put the ball in the box for Ronaldo I would dread to think how many goals he could score.”
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