Real Madrid ‘make Ronaldo transfer decision’ as Man Utd exit looms

Cristiano Ronaldo says row with Man Utd 'won't shake' Portugal team

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Real Madrid have decided against bringing Manchester United wantaway Cristiano Ronaldo back to the Bernabeu in the January transfer window, according to reports. Ronaldo is currently on the lookout for a new club after burning his bridges at United by taking part in a tell-all interview with Piers Morgan that grabbed the headlines earlier this month, with the 37-year-old making it clear that he is not happy at Old Trafford and that he could leave in January or even before the transfer market reopens.

United are said to be looking to rip up Ronaldo’s contract as a matter of priority, with Erik ten Hag no longer wanting the five-time Ballon d’Or winner around the first-team squad as a result of his public show of defiance. A romantic return to Real Madrid has been put forward as one of several options on the table for Ronaldo over the last few weeks, but it seems as though he will not be returning to the Spanish giants regardless of whether or not he would like to do so in January.

Those in power at the Bernabeu have firmly ruled themselves out of the running to land Ronaldo at the turn of the year, according to Marca. It remains unclear whether his decision to spill the beans on his time at United has influenced Real Madrid’s decision to avoid snapping him up, although it seems clear that he will be forced to consider his other options if he is to find a new club in the not-too-distant future.

The report also states that United have already started to run the rule over their own targets for the January window, with Napoli centre-back Kim Min-jae among the players on their radar. Tottenham, Brighton and Fulham have also been credited with a desire to land the South Korea international, though, which suggests that United could be forced to enter a bidding war if they are to secure his signature next year.

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Ronaldo, meanwhile, still faces an uncertain future at club level as he seeks a move away from United at the earliest opportunity after falling out with Ten Hag and the wider hierarchy at Old Trafford. A potential move to the MLS has been touted over the last few weeks, but it remains to be seen if Ronaldo would be willing to make the switch across the Atlantic if he remains as keen to play Champions League football as he was when he tried to leave United over the summer.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been heavily criticised by fans and pundits alike in the wake of his controversial interview, with Gary Neville insisting that the only way to move forward will be for Ronaldo to leave United and start afresh somewhere else.

“l don’t think he wants a way back,” Neville told Sky Sports when quizzed on the current situation. “He wouldn’t have done this interview if he wanted a way back. He knew it would bring the headlines it has and be the end of his Manchester United career.

“I’m wondering what Man Utd are doing because the reality of it is they know they have to terminate Cristiano’s contract or they basically open up a precedent so any player can criticise them in the future.”

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