Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wants to leave Man United’ – with Roma rivalling Sporting Lisbon to sign him, says an ambitious report in Italy… with the forward said to ‘not feel involved in Erik ten Hag’s project’
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s second spell with Manchester United could end early
- Reports in Italy claim the 37-year-old doesn’t feel part of the United rebuild
- Erik ten Hag has come in as the club’s new manager and will overhaul squad
- Ronaldo is also put off staying by a lack of Champions League football
- The report links him with a move to either Roma or a return to Sporting Lisbon
- But it’s highly unlikely either could afford Ronaldo’s enormous wages
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wants to leave Manchester United this summer’ because he reportedly doesn’t feel part of Erik ten Hag’s project at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese star, 37, scored 24 goals during the first season of his second stint at United but everything is set to change with the arrival of the Dutch coach this summer.
Italian newspaper La Repubblica have made the audacious claim that Ronaldo is now seeking a way out of United ahead of next season.
Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly set to leave Manchester United ahead of the new season
The Portuguese forward apparently doesn’t feel involved in Erik ten Hag’s United rebuild
They state the forward doesn’t feel involved in Ten Hag’s efforts to revitalise a team that has been in a state of decline for several seasons now.
Roma and Sporting Lisbon are listed as potential destinations but it’s unclear how either club could afford Ronaldo’s enormous £480,000-a-week wages even if they could get him to the negotiating table.
United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League next season is apparently another factor as Ronaldo enters the twilight of his illustrious career.
They will play in the Europa League during Ten Hag’s first campaign instead after finishing sixth in the Premier League.
La Repubblica claim Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is hunting for a new club for him and Roma, managed by Jose Mourinho, has emerged as a potential destination.
Mourinho and Ronaldo didn’t part on good terms after three years working together at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013.
Mendes is on good terms with Roma – not only did he install Mourinho there but also goalkeeper Rui Patricio and central midfielder Sergio Oliveira.
Ronaldo produced some memorable moments and scored 24 times for United last season
The story hints at a Roma reunion between Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho, his former coach at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013
However, there is the caveat that Roma will also be outside of the Champions League next season. They qualified instead for the Europa League.
A romantic return to his first club, Sporting Lisbon, is also reportedly as possibility. They did make next season’s Champions League after finishing second behind Porto in the Primeira Liga.
There was immense excitement when United signed Ronaldo from Juventus for an initial fee of £12.85million at the beginning of the season.
But his homecoming turned sour as United slumped from one debacle to another and never looked like competing for any silverware, making it five years without a trophy.
Jorge Mendes, who is Ronaldo’s agent, has good connections at the Italian club
The possibility of Ronaldo making a romantic return to his first club Sporting Lisbon has arisen
While Ronaldo’s goals earned him a place in the Premier League Team of the Year, United could only finish a disappointing sixth and exited the Champions League to Atletico Madrid at the last-16 stage.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paying the price for some terrible form in November, United turned to Ralf Rangnick as an interim coach until the end of the season.
There was little improvement under the German coach, however.
They have now appointed former Ajax boss Ten Hag as their next permanent manager with the Dutchman starting a large squad overhaul this summer.
Though Ronaldo has a year left on his contract, plus the option of an additional one, this report suggests he could leave Old Trafford early.