Cristiano Ronaldo ‘travelling back to England’ as wantaway Manchester United star prepares for face-to-face talks with Erik ten Hag

    Cristiano Ronaldo is travelling back to England for talks with Manchester United over his future, it has been reported.

    The Portuguese is yet to work under new manager Erik ten Hag having yet to report for pre-season training, with a family issue being cited as the reason for Ronaldo’s absence.

    Ronaldo left Man United for the first time in 2009 and has been heavily tipped for another exit this summer

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    Ronaldo left Man United for the first time in 2009 and has been heavily tipped for another exit this summer

    But The Athletic reports Ronaldo is expected in Manchester on Monday amid growing speculation surrounding his future at the club.

    talkSPORT understands Ronaldo has already informed the Red Devils of his wish to leave this summer if a suitable offer arrives. Man United have made it clear their player is not for sale.

    It’s not clear if he will train with the team on Tuesday, however, he’s expected to have a face-to-face conversation with manager Erik ten Hag in the coming days.

    The report adds that it’s increasingly likely that Ronaldo will remain at Old Trafford but there’s still a lack of clarity about the situation.

    Man United players were given Monday off after flying back from their Australia but will report back for training on Tuesday ahead of their final two pre-season matches.

    Ronaldo was heavily linked with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid but interest from these clubs have since cooled. Atletico Madrid are the latest club to have been linked with him.

    Ronaldo is said to want to leave due to Man United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League

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    Ronaldo is said to want to leave due to Man United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League

    The 37-year-old has 12 months left on the contract he signed to come back to Man United. There is also an option for a further year on the deal.

    Ten Hag, speaking in Melbourne on July 18, said: “I am well informed, he also has also an option (of another year).

    “Yes (he could stay beyond this season), but to be honest, of course, I have signed here for three years, but in football it’s short-term as well. We have to win from the start. So I don’t look that far ahead.

    “I have a strategy, it’s a process, it takes time but in the end, we have to make sure from the outset there is a winning team.”

    The talks with Ronaldo are a huge moment in Ten Hag’s premiership as Red Devils boss

    The talks with Ronaldo are a huge moment in Ten Hag’s premiership as Red Devils boss

    Ronaldo enjoyed a good first season back at Man United, finishing as their top scorer in all competitions with 24 strikes.

    However, his efforts weren’t enough to help them qualify for the Champions League with Man United finishing a disappointing sixth place in the Premier League.

    They begin their 2022/23 campaign with a trip to Brighton on Sunday August 7.

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