Cristiano Ronaldo ‘set to stay at Manchester United this summer’

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly expected to remain with Manchester United during this summer’s transfer window despite the widespread speculation surrounding his future.

The 37-year-old has allegedly asked the Red Devils to listen to offers for him this summer, as he is determined to continue playing in the Champions League during the 2022-23 campaign.

Ronaldo is also believed to be frustrated by Man United’s lack of movement this summer and is not confident that the club will be able to challenge for major silverware next season.

Bayern MunichChelseaParis Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are among the clubs to be credited with an interest in the Portugal international over the last week.

Ronaldo did not report for pre-season training on Monday due to a personal issue, which will also see him miss the first leg of the team’s pre-season tour of Thailand, with the squad due to fly out on Friday.

According to The Independent, Ronaldo’s absence from training is down to a genuine personal reason, with Man United having no issues with his failure to report to Carrington.

The report claims that Chelsea are possible contenders for the former Sporting Lisbon youngster, but there is currently ‘little interest’ from Blues boss Thomas Tuchel.

Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has allegedly been discussing his client with a number of clubs, but Bayern have ruled themselves out of the race, while neither PSG nor Real Madrid are thought to be considering moves.

As a result, the experienced forward is facing another season at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils continuing to insist that he is not available for transfer despite the speculation.

The newspaper claims that only ‘a significant shift’ would change the current situation, with Man United confident that the Portuguese will again lead their line next term.

Ronaldo, who was included in Man United’s kit launch, scored 24 goals and registered three assists in 37 appearances at club level last season, including 18 goals in 30 Premier League outings.

The Red Devils only finished sixth in the Premier League, though, which will see them play Europa League football during the 2022-23 campaign.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano recently hinted that Ronaldo wanted to “send a message” to Man United in the transfer market, with the club only bringing in one new player – Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord – thus far.

“Cristiano has no agreement with any club as of today,” Romano said on his official YouTube channel. “So it is not Cristiano going to fight with Manchester United because he has a proposal, a right offer and wants to leave immediately.

“He wants to send a message, he wants to see ambition. And he wants to go in case he finds a proposal. But at the moment he has no agreement with any clubs.”

The unsettled forward, who could still potentially be involved in Man United’s pre-season games in Australia, has another year left to run on his contract at Old Trafford, with the option of an additional 12 months.

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