Manchester United insist Cristiano Ronaldo not for sale amid reports star wants to leave


Manchester United are adamant Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale despite the frustrated star reportedly asking the club to leave if an acceptable offer arrives.

The 37-year-old, who returned to Old Trafford last summer, joined Juventus for a fee that has risen to 23 million euros (£ 19.6m).

Ronaldo has scored 24 goals in all competitions and has been named Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, but individual quality could not prevent his first season back at United with six medals in the Premier League.

That ending means UEFA Europa League football is more anticipated than the UEFA Champions League – a veteran who is expected to enjoy playing at a top European club for the rest of his life.

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly asked to be allowed to leave when a satisfactory request is received, but a senior Manchester United source has told PA that the striker is not for sale.

The situation was similar last weekend when it emerged that agent Jorge Mendes had negotiated with his client in a meeting with new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly.

Cristiano Ronaldo has a year left on a contract he signed last summer and new Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag has expressed his delight at working with the Portuguese world record-breaking player.

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