Cristiano Ronaldo absent from Manchester United training due to family reasons


Cristiano Ronaldo did not return to Manchester United training on Monday due to family reasons, according to widespread reports.

The Portuguese international reportedly over the weekend asked United to leave if he received a satisfactory offer.

He was due to return to training on Monday with other United players overseas.

However, while other Manchester United stars were appointed by new coach Erik ten Hag, Ronaldo was not in Carrington.

Ronaldo’s explanation for his absence has reportedly been fully accepted by Manchester United management.

Stats Perform has asked United to clarify Ronaldo’s status.

Ongoing speculation about Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford comes less than a year after he returned to the club following 12 seasons without Real Madrid and Juventus.

The 37-year-old has scored 24 goals last season in all competitions, but his return home was unplanned as Manchester United have registered lower points in the Premier League.

Manchester United endured the fifth consecutive season without silverware and finished in sixth place, meaning no UEFA Champions League football in the 2022-23 campaign.

That is said to be one of the reasons why Ronaldo, the leading scorer in UEFA history, wanted to move elsewhere in the window.

Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Napoli and MLS clubs have been linked with five Ballon d’Or winners, as well as his former rivals Madrid and Sporting CP.

The Ten Hag team is set to play their first pre-season friendly against Liverpool in Bangkok in eight days.

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