Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United insist absent striker is still not for sale


Cristiano Ronaldo remains absent from pre-season training but Manchester United maintains the frustrated star is not for sale.

Over the weekend it emerged that the 37-year-old had applied to leave Old Trafford for a welcome application following a disappointing first-season comeback with a team winning more trophies between 2003 and 2009.

Ronaldo was highlighted in his absence on Monday when new manager Erik ten Hag welcomed Manchester United international players to Carrington where they would begin training ahead of the season.

They did not do so until Thursday without the veteran.

It is unclear whether Ronaldo will be on the plane when Ten Hag’s side travels to Thailand on Friday to begin their pre-season tour, but United are adamant they will be part of the squad this season.

It has been reported several times in recent weeks that Ronaldo has not been traded, with the club insisting that the situation has not changed as there are reports that they are willing to sell the Portuguese player.

It looks like there will be places to find a striker who has been the highest-paid Real Madrid and it is understandable that Chelsea are still measuring their level of interest.

Favorite fan Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford last summer, joining Juventus for a reported fee of £ 19.6m.

Ronaldo has scored 24 goals in all competitions and was named Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, but individual quality could not prevent his first season back at Manchester United finishing without a medal and finishing sixth in the Premier League.

Europa League football awaits Ten Hag as he begins to rebuild, which will boost gear when Manchester United travels to Thailand to face rivals Liverpool in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Manchester United then head to Australia, where the games will be played against Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace in Melbourne followed by a friendly against Aston Villa in Perth.

Ten Hag so far has a new face-to-face after United completed the signing of Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia, meaning there are still some important areas in the team that need to be strengthened.

and it is understood that it has been difficult for Barcelona to owe salaries overseas in the Netherlands.

Christian Eriksen has verbally agreed to join, with a three-year contract being formed, and the Old Trafford giants have a strong interest in Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez.

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