Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be determined to leave Old Trafford this summer in order to compete in the Champions League. The 37-year-old is still not for sale, according to Manchester United, although that attitude has not yet been put to the test by a firm offer.
However, sources at Old Trafford tell CBS Sports that there is a growing sentiment that letting Ronaldo leave is the best course of action, at least within the football department.
Since Joel Glazer would want to keep Ronaldo and has consistently underlined the player’s commercial value during internal negotiations, he is the most vociferous opponent of an exit.
However, if a suitable offer comes in, his new management Erik ten Hag would now prefer to let him go. Ten Hag was taken aback by Ronaldo’s absence for the whole of the preseason, and friction still exists between the two.
Ronaldo isn’t quite sold on ten Hag’s strategies or how he conducts training sessions. Ronaldo is open to moving to Dortmund.
He has the chance to compete for the Bundesliga and, if successful, become the first player to win a domestic league title in England, Spain, Italy, and Germany in addition to the appeal of playing Champions League games.
Dortmund is still debating internally whether to approach Manchester United with a last-minute offer, and Mendes is urging them to do so.
A loan as well as a long-term agreement are being thought about. After adding a forward, Dortmund would prefer to add another.
Thomas Meunier, a Dortmund right-back, is also a target for Manchester United, but he is not being discussed in relation to Ronaldo at this time.
According to sources close to Ronaldo, Dortmund is now seen as his “final choice,” with Mendes frantically trying to at least secure him a contract before September 1.
Sporting CP won’t be going back to Portugal. Ronaldo has no desire to play outside of Europe’s top five divisions, especially in a World Cup year, and the 19-time winners cannot afford him.
Sporting can provide Ronaldo with Champions League football, but he has not yet shown a desire to go back to Portugal.
Despite the possibility of a financially sound transfer, such as a free transfer, within the next two weeks, sources tell CBSSports that manager Ruben Amorim is adamantly opposed to the idea.
Amorim is also 37 like Ronaldo. Between 2010 and 2014, they played together for Portugal. Although they get along well personally, Sporting’s manager has made it obvious that Ronaldo wouldn’t be a good fit.
Amorim is not willing to change his play style to center the game around Ronaldo because it is very team-oriented.
With Islam Slimani, who returned to the club in January on a hefty salary, Sporting has already experienced a recent player-manager conflict.
In order to send a message that players who believe they are better than the squad are not tolerated, Amorim demoted the Algerian forward to the reserves after only a few months.
Additionally, Atletico Madrid has ceased to be interested in Ronaldo. Club insiders have consistently referred to a move as “difficult,” with club president Enrique Cerezo even going so far as to declare any connections baseless rumors.
He admitted to Spanish news source AS, “I don’t know who made up that tale.” “Rumors should stay where they are because if they spread further, it will appear that they are true when they are not.
For him to visit Atletico de Madrid is essentially impossible.”Ronaldo was eager to join despite his connections to Real Madrid, and Atleti manager Diego Simeone was receptive to recruiting him.
However, Atleti’s financial situation rendered a move impractical without huge outlays, and in response to fan backlash, they have now informed Mendes that a trade is undoubtedly off.
Following Robert Lewandowski’s departure for Barcelona, Bayern Munich also declined the opportunity to sign Ronaldo. Oliver Kahn, the CEO, did agree to internal conversations, though.
In my opinion, he is one of the best players to ever play the game, Kahn, who won the Champions League with Bayern in 2000–01, remarked. Then, despite our appreciation for Cristiano, we decided that he would not fit into our philosophy.
Chelsea is also out of the running to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and is growing more and more confident in landing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona in a deal costing more than $25 million.
Ronaldo’s arrival at Stamford Bridge surely piqued Todd Boehly’s interest, but Thomas Tuchel blocked the plan. It’s unlikely that the Chelsea boss will change his mind.
Mendes even contacted Barcelona earlier in the transfer window, stressing that they had always wanted to sign Robert Lewandowski (who has already been signed).
Both Inter Milan and AC Milan contacted Mendes, mainly out of politeness, but neither had the motivation or resources to effect a trade.
Ronaldo is willing to accept a pay cut of at least 30% to help Manchester United go, and he could even consider a pay drop of much more for Dortmund. A multiyear deal with a reduction in pay in the second year would also be acceptable to him.
Ronaldo is still dissatisfied with Manchester United and will do all it takes to assist a suitor in completing a trade.
According to sources, he is dissatisfied with the transfer market’s ambition and has not yet warmed to ten Hag’s managerial style or methods.
Ronaldo thought that ten Hag shouldn’t have singled out players for departing early during their exhibition match against Rayo Vallecano, along with a number of his colleagues.
Although ten Hag is convinced that permission was not granted by him and had hoped to speak to the entire team at full-time, Ronaldo claims it was pre-agreed that those not involved in the second half might slip away to avoid the traffic.
Ronaldo believes that the players are being disciplined for the season’s shaky start by adopting harsh methods akin to those of a strict teacher.
His approach was described as “exactly like reacting to unruly youngsters who have misbehaved” by one source.
Ronaldo, who is now 37, is required to complete “penalty” laps during practice. This strategy, according to some players, is unnecessary and detrimental to morale.
The team as a whole has a strong sense that the approach ten Hag used to coach a youthful Ajax team hasn’t worked out at Manchester United thus far. At times, the training has felt like a boot camp.
Ronaldo is still attempting to maintain his composure, and his team has categorically denied that the player is eating lunch alone or inciting conflict in the dressing room.
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