Cristiano Ronaldo asked to leave Manchester United and searches for new club

Cristiano Ronaldo is keen to leave Manchester United this summer, just one year after returning to Old Trafford from Juventus.

The Red Devils’ poor results and performances in 2021/22 saw them miss out on Champions League qualification and that has left Cristiano Ronaldo looking for an exit route.

The No.7 was named United’s Player of the Season, and he was in the PFA’s Best XI of the season. Now, though, after just one season, he’s trying to get out.

“Cristiano Ronaldo has asked to be allowed to leave Manchester United if the Premier League club receive a satisfactory offer this transfer window,” The Times have reported through Duncan Castles.

His decision is motivated by his desire to play in the Champions League for what’s left of his career.

There has been speculation since the end of last season that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United, and the latest reports suggest that this may be a reality.

The Portuguese is not at all happy about playing in the Europa League next season with the Red Devils and is looking for a way out.

According to The Times, the Portuguese star has asked Manchester United to facilitate an exit if the club receives a satisfactory offer.

He wants to play for a team that is in the Champions League next season. This cannot be offered to him by the Red Devils, nor by Jose Mourinho’s Roma or Newcastle.

Therefore, Chelsea and Sporting CP seem to be the leading candidates for his signature.

Another Premier League team?

It is said that new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly met with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes recently, and with the departure of Romelu Lukaku, the Blues are in the market for a new striker.

Whether he will want to totally rupture his relationship with the United fans by signing for a rival, however, is questionable.

Linking up with Mourinho

Mourinho is keen on being reunited with the forward he coached at Real Madrid. Their relationship in the Spanish capital wasn’t always rosy though, and Roma also will be playing in the Europa League rather than the Champions League.

PSG, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid?

There are still rumours of Ronaldo joining one of Europe’s heavyweights. The arrival of Cristiano at Bayern Munich as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski sounds quite logical but it is far from the truth, with Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic dismissing such talk.

Other clubs such as PSG or Real Madrid could make room for him. However, it does not seem that the Portuguese star is in the plans of either of them.

Despite enjoying a successful return season at Old Trafford from an individual perspective, Ronaldo has been the subject of great speculation this summer given how poorly United performed as a team.

All in all, it’s led to a will-they-won’t-they scenario where United’s woes made you suspect that Ronaldo might leave, but the exciting new project at Erik ten Hag made you wonder whether he’d see out his contract.

The report explains that Ronaldo has asked United to be allowed to leave the club on the proviso that they were to receive a ‘satisfactory offer’ for his services in the summer transfer window.

It’s claimed that Ronaldo’s decision is driven by a desire to see out his career playing Champions League football, believing that he has ‘three or four years’ at the highest level to win major trophies.

Bayern Munich are said to have paused interest in a potential move for Ronaldo while they wait for a resolution to Robert Lewandowski’s future.

A potential return to Serie A has also been touted as an option for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Close friends reportedly believe that Ronaldo’s love and support for United remains as strong as ever, but that he also holds personal reasons for wanting to leave with his family said to have experienced a difficult time.

 

Ronaldo’s United comeback

Ronaldo returned to the Old Trafford club, for whom he played between 2003 and 2009, ahead of the 2021/22 season having spent three years in Italy with Juventus.

The Portuguese superstar collected the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award by scoring 24 goals in 38 games, including six strikes from seven matches in the Champions League.

However, United were unable to retain their position in Europe’s top-tier competition due to a sixth-place Premier League finish to go with their embarrassing FA Cup and Carabao Cup exits.

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And while it’s now all change at Old Trafford with Ten Hag set to bring in a whole new era at the club, Ronaldo clearly isn’t willing to spend a season in the Europa League now that he’s 37 years old.

It’s an understandable position when you consider the ticking clock of what is generally a short career, but that won’t make it any less gut-wrenching for the United fans who have welcomed back their hero.

We will now have to wait and see whether the Red Devils do indeed receive a ‘satisfactory’ offer or not and what that might mean for the next step in Ronaldo’s legendary footballing journey.

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