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What are Ronaldo’s options for the new season?

On Saturday, July 2nd, the Times broke the news that Cristiano Ronaldo has asked to leave Manchester United should the Premier League club receive a satisfactory offer in the transfer window. 

According to the report, the Portugal international believes he has three or four years left at the highest level of the game and therefore, the 37-year-old’s decision was said to be driven by a desire to play in the Champions League for the remainder of his career and to be part of a team that can challenge for Europe’s biggest prize.  

Many Manchester United fans will wonder why did Ronaldo leave this announcement so late, as the striker knew for a long time that the Manchester club would not be in the competition and the Red Devils would have already set out their strategy for the upcoming window – which would not have included a new striker due to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s presence.  

Many United fans are not happy that the club have been left in the dark by Ronaldo as the speculation over his future surrounds an important pre-season for Erik ten Hag and it is a pre-season that the Portuguese superstar has not shown up to.  

Ronaldo has taken to his social media to update people that he is still training alone but with Man United reiterating that the 37-year-old is not for sale and part of their plans, the striker needs to get back into the fold of things, as it looks like he will be walking back to Old Trafford with his tail between his legs unless a club makes a move for the superstar. 

So, let’s assess the likely outcome for Ronaldo in this unnecessary saga. 

Manchester United  

As previously mentioned, Manchester United have reiterated several times that Ronaldo is not for sale. The club wants the 37-year-old to honour his contract and Man United boss Erik ten Hag has also made it clear that he wants the Portugal international to stay.  

This week when asked about when Ronaldo would return to training, the Dutchman said via the…

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