Wed. Jul 27th, 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo: Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich both rule out a move for Manchester United forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo held talks over his Man Utd future with boss Erik ten Hag on Tuesday; Portugal captain did not travel on United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to family reasons; the 37-year-old has asked to leave Old Trafford in a desire to play in the Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo held talks over his Manchester United future with boss Erik ten Hag on Tuesday, as Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich both ruled out a move for the forward.

The 37-year-old arrived at United’s Carrington training ground with his agent Jorge Mendes on Tuesday morning for talks.

Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was also seen arriving but it is understood he was there for a regular board meeting with chief executive Richard Arnold.

Ronaldo returned to the UK on Monday after missing the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to family reasons, with the explanation accepted by the club.

Ten Hag admitted he was unclear over the situation ahead of the tour – but Ronaldo is now back in the United setup after training away from the squad in recent weeks.

The Portugal captain has told United he wants to leave this summer amid concerns he will be unable to compete for the biggest trophies at the club.

But United’s stance regarding Ronaldo’s future has remained unchanged: United are willing to listen to offers for Ronaldo this summer, BCA News understands, but the club’s public stance remains that he is not for sale.

Ten Hag said in Bangkok that Ronaldo, who has one year remaining on his United contract, is in his plans for the season ahead and expects him to stay at the club.

“We are planning for Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that’s it. I’m looking forward to working with him. Cristiano is not for sale. He is in our plans and we want success together,” the Dutchman said.

“He’s not with us and it’s due to personal issues. I spoke with him before this issue came up. I had a conversation with him and I had a good talk. That is between Cristiano and me. What I can confirm is we had a really good conversation together. I didn’t speak to him after (the news).”

Atletico and Bayern both rule out signing Ronaldo

Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich have both ruled themselves out of the running to sign Ronaldo.

Atletico were linked with a move for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner but their president Enrique Cerezo has labelled a move for the Real Madrid icon as “practically impossible”.

“I’ve already said this several times, I don’t know who invented the Cristiano story but I’ll tell you that it’s practically impossible that he comes to Atletico de Madrid,” Cerezo told reporters on Tuesday, via El Partidazo De Cope.

“Rumours are rumours and they have to stay as rumours. If you keep on fuelling the rumours then eventually it will look like it’s something real, which it’s not.”

Meanwhile, Bayern chief executive Oliver Kahn said that, despite initial consideration and even after losing star striker Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, the Bundesliga champions will not be pursuing a move for Ronaldo.

Earlier in July, Kahn told German magazine Kicker that Ronaldo does not fit into the club’s recruitment philosophy, and he reiterated the remarks in an interview with Bild.

“We discussed about Cristiano Ronaldo internally, I consider him one of greatest players ever,” Kahn said.

“Then we came to conclusion that, despite appreciation for Cristiano, he would not fit into our philosophy in the current situation.”

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