Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Manchester United’s training base for showdown talks with Erik ten Hag, with star’s agent Jorge Mendes and Sir Alex Ferguson also at Carrington
Cristiano Ronaldo is back on English soil as he prepares for crunch talks with Erik ten Hag about his Manchester United future.
The 37-year-old has missed the first three weeks of the club’s pre-season – including the whole of their tour of Thailand and Australia – after being given compassionate leave for a family issue.
It comes against a backdrop of Ronaldo asking to leave United this summer as he feels he is unable to compete for the biggest trophies at Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo is back on English soil as he prepares for crunch talks with Erik ten Hag
Ten Hag talked to Ronaldo when he took over at the end of last season, but it will be the first time the two men have spoken since the player asked to go.
Contact between the two camps has been maintained by United chief executive Richard Arnold and Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes who has been hawking his client around Europe’s top clubs.
Ronaldo’s return is being seen as a positive sign, although it’s still unclear whether he is ready to commit to United for another season or re-iterate his desire to be sold.
United were still adamant on Monday night that Ronaldo is not for sale and remains part of Ten Hag’s plans for the new season.
The five-time Balon d’Or winner has been keeping himself fit in Lisbon, but he may not be ready to go straight back into full training with the rest of the squad who had Monday off after flying back from Perth on Sunday.
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