Cristiano Ronaldo is missing Manchester United’s training for a THIRD straight day, leaving the club in the dark over whether he will travel to Asia and Australia on a pre-season tour
- Cristiano Ronaldo did not show up for Manchester United training this week
- He was due to return on Monday but has given “family reasons” for his absence
- Ronaldo told United bosses on Saturday that he wanted to leave this summer
- The club are unsure if Ronaldo will fly on his pre-season tour on Friday
Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to show up for Manchester United’s pre-season training for the third straight day, leaving the club uncertain whether he will travel with the side on their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.
Ronaldo cited family reasons for his absence on Monday and Tuesday after informing the club on Saturday that he intends to leave this summer, and he again refused training on Wednesday.
Erik ten Hag is preparing his squad to embark on Friday’s pre-season tour, with the first game due in Bangkok on July 12 against Liverpool, but bosses are yet to know if Ronaldo will get on the plane with his team. Friends.
Cristiano Ronaldo has missed three straight days of training at Manchester United
The rest of the squad were back at Carrington this week but without their star striker
UNITED’S PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
July 12 – Liverpool (Bangkok)
15 July – Melbourne Victory (Melbourne)
19 July – Crystal Palace (Melbourne)
July 23 – Aston Villa (Perth)
July 30 – Atlético Madrid (Oslo)
Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Napoli are all on high alert and eyeing a move for the unsettled superstar, with Todd Boehly, the former’s new owner, having already met with agent Jorge Mendes to discuss a possible transfer.
Mendes has also been in talks with clubs like Bayern and Serie A giants Napoli in recent weeks to test whether there is a market for his client but there is no deal at the moment.
United’s players showed up for training on Wednesday but Ronaldo was nowhere to be seen again after failing to return to Carrington after the summer break.
Ronaldo has told the Red Devils he wants to leave this summer should they receive a suitable offer, as he fears United are not progressing quickly enough.
As sports mail Explained the 37-year-old still has an affinity with the club but at this stage in his career he wants to play in the Champions League and doesn’t see that at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo will speak to new boss Erik ten Hag when he returns to Manchester United training
Ten Hag (centre) had planned for Ronaldo to become part of his squad next season before this news
United don’t want to sell Ronaldo and haven’t received a request yet. They have stressed that the striker remains under contract and hope he sees that.
Despite the player’s agent Jorge Mendes having met various clubs in recent weeks, there is also a limited market for a player at around £480,000 a week.
Ten Hag has spoken to all the United players as he welcomes them back to training and will be happy to sit down with Ronaldo to understand his frustration.
The Netherlands manager had planned for the Portuguese superstar, who was last season’s top scorer with 24 goals, to be part of his strike force for the new season and United’s transfer strategy reflected that.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes met with Chelsea’s new owner Todd Boehly last month