Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘reiterated his desire to leave Manchester United’ following talks with the club.
The 37-year-old was pictured arriving at their Carrington training base this week to hold crisis talks with the club hierarchy.
He was seen arriving with his agent, Jorge Mendes, as he returned to United for the first time this summer, after missing their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia for family reasons.
These talks seem to have done nothing to change Ronaldo’s view, and he insists he wants out.
The Mail has reported that the Portuguese superstar wants to be released from the final year of his £360,000-a-week contract.
United’s stance hasn’t changed and they don’t want to sell and haven’t received any enquiries.
However, The Athletic say Ronaldo is still determined to leave the club as he hopes to sign for a Champions League side to preserve his goalscoring record in the competition.
His list of potential destinations is slim, Chelsea and Bayern Munich have excluded themselves from the race.
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Atletico Madrid showed an interest, but there was a strong reaction from their fans.
Meanwhile, The Athletic’s report adds that Mendes held talks with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, where Ronaldo started his career.
However, Sporting may have problems finding the necessary finances to facilitate such a move.
The Ronaldo saga is set to continue this summer, but he’s likely to stay professional.
He underwent medical tests after his talks with the club and then trained on Wednesday.
He watched his team-mates play in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Wrexham on Wednesday.
The Red Devils play friendlies against Atletico Madrid on Saturday, followed by a game against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. It is believed he could feature in this final game at Old Trafford.
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