Cristiano Ronaldo is due to meet with Manchester United this week to discuss his future, amid speculation that he may not stay at Old Trafford this season.
The 37-year-old returned to the United Kingdom on Monday evening after missing United’s pre-season trips to Thailand and Australia due to a family matter, with manager Erik ten Hag likely to speak with him in the coming days. Ten Hag is eager to include Ronaldo in his plans as soon as possible, despite the fact that Ronaldo’s representatives are working to find him a new club after he stated his desire to play in the Champions League this season.
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After holding conversations earlier this month, Chelsea have signaled that they are no longer interested in signing Ronaldo, while Bayern Munich are also thought to have turned down the opportunity to sign a player who scored 24 goals in 38 games last season. Atlético Madrid has also expressed interest in the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, but must first sell players before considering bringing him back to the Spanish capital.
With less than a fortnight until Brighton’s season opener against Old Trafford on 7 August, Ten Hag stated last week that he had no doubts regarding Ronaldo’s fitness.
“We all know Ronaldo is a top professional and will be healthy,” he insisted, “that is the last issue I have.”