Patrice Evra has begged Cristiano Ronaldo not to join another Premier League side, arguing that he could soon be back in Manchester United’s line-up.
Ronaldo has had a far from settled time in his second season back at Old Trafford, missing pre-season before being dropped by new manager Erik ten Hag.
Since starting in a 4-0 league humiliation against Brentford, Ronaldo has only been in the line-up during Europa League matches, most recently spending the entire Manchester derby on the bench.
That has caused even more speculation about the five-time Champions League winner’s future, with numerous reports during the summer claiming his agent held talks with both Chelsea and Bayern Munich over a deal.
Ronaldo, 37, signed a two-year contract upon his return to Old Trafford in 2021 and could be available on the cheap in January or for nothing next summer.
But former teammate Evra hopes that if he does move, it’s somewhere abroad.
“I don’t want to see Ronaldo in another shirt other than a Man United shirt,” the Frenchman told Betfair.
“If he is to go I want him to go abroad, I don’t want him to go to another team in the Premier League.
“I want him to be happy, back scoring and challenging [Lionel] Messi every single year. I wish him the best if he goes but I can’t imagine him in another club’s shirt.
“I’ve read reports saying United will let Ronaldo leave in January. It’s a circus again. We’re back to what we’ve done all those years, I don’t understand it.
“We are not inside the club, so maybe the manager and Cristiano talked before the season and Ten Hag said he needs to be fit and will get a chance.
“I know a player like Cristiano Ronaldo won’t accept that. To be fit you need time and to play.
“Ten Hag gave Ronaldo his chance to play in the first two games and we lost, so he changed the team and they won four games in a row. Actually, what Ten Hag is doing is the right thing.”
Evra is worried about the Portugal captain’s chances ahead of the winter World Cup and insists he can still play a major role at Old Trafford, as long as Ten Hag plays to the Portuguese superstar’s strengths.
“Ronaldo wants to play in the World Cup so he wants to be fit,” Evra said.
“He needs games, no matter your age you need to get game time to get fit, especially when you get older. People don’t understand, to get fit you have to play games.
“He’s not had that time and I’m sure Ronaldo would have gone into Ten Hag’s office and said that he doesn’t want to damage his reputation and be the villain of the club, moaning every time when he’s on the bench.
“He’s professional, he’s training 100 per cent so he has probably asked Ten Hag to let him leave in January. I don’t know what’s been said between the two of them.
“I’m sorry, when you have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, no matter if he’s not pressing or whatever, focus on what he can do. He scores goals. I’m sure if he leaves and goes to another club he will score goals.
“He needs his chance in the Premier League again. Ten Hag can now justify playing him again after losing the last match.
“Football goes so fast, imagine Ronaldo starts in the Europa League, scores, then he starts in the Premier League and scores. United win two games and everything changes. Then we’ll be saying Ronaldo is so important and we can’t let him go in January.”