Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale and Manchester United expect him to stay at Old Trafford, despite reports linking the Portuguese star with a sensational move to Chelsea.

United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League and lack of signings so far this summer has led to reports that Ronaldo may want to leave.

His agent Jorge Mendes met new Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly last week and Ronaldo was mentioned in the meeting, but new United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Ronaldo is part of his future plans.

Ronaldo returned to United last summer, 12 years after initially leaving the club for Real Madrid, and scored 24 goals in 38 games to finish as the club’s top scorer in all competitions.

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A look back at some of Cristiano Ronaldo’s best Premier League goals

United finished sixth in the Premier League and failed to lift a trophy for the fifth successive season, but Ronaldo pledged his loyalty to the club earlier this month.

He will be 38 when his contract with United ends next summer.

Speaking in an interview with the club, Ronaldo said: “I was happy, of course, to be back at a club that really lifted my career, so it was amazing, the feeling when I came back. It was nice to feel the supporters – their happiness was great.

“I was and still am very happy to be here, and what I have to say to the fans is that they are amazing. Even when we lost games, they are always supporting us, they are always with us. The fans are always in my heart and they are the people we all have to respect because they are always by our side.

“For me the most important thing is to try to win the games and try to win a league or a cup, but I believe Manchester will be where they belong. As I said before, sometimes it takes time but I still believe.”

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Erik ten Hag says Cristiano Ronaldo can continue to provide goals for the team and describes Harry Maguire as a “great player” in his first press conference as new Manchester United manager.

Ten Hag quickly announced he was eager to keep Ronaldo after being unveiled as United’s new manager.

When asked if Ronaldo fits into his project, Ten Hag replied: “Of course.”

On what Ronaldo will bring, he simply added: “Goals!”

Asked if he was looking for Ronaldo’s leadership, he said: “I speak with Ronaldo first before I speak with you.”

Ronaldo had welcomed Ten Hag’s arrival, insisting the Dutchman could secure more silverware for the club.

“I know he’s done a fantastic job for Ajax and he’s an experienced coach, but we have to give him time,” Ronaldo said. “Things have to change as he wishes.

“I hope we are successful, of course, because if you are successful, all of Manchester will be successful as well, so I wish him the best.

“We are happy and excited, not only the players but also the fans. I wish him the best and believe that next year we will win trophies.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo finished as the club’s top scorer in all competitions

Sporting’s Viana rules out Ronaldo’s summer move

Hugo Viana has revealed Sporting Lisbon won’t be making a summer move for Ronaldo but has left the door open for a return in the future.

The club’s sporting director has said that won’t happen in this transfer window but refused to rule out the possibility of signing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in the future.

Talk to Sky Sports News’ Pete Graves at the Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Classic in the Algarve, the former Newcastle midfielder said: “I don’t think so now. I don’t think it will be possible. You never know – he can decide where he wants go.

“You never know the future. When you talk about Cristiano, it’s quite different. He still has one year left on his contract, so whatever he decides, we’ll see.”

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Sporting Lisbon sporting director Hugo Viana talks about the possibility of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to his first club

“Ossessive Ronaldo wants CL football”

Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepulveda to Sky Sports:

“When the transfer window is open, it’s normal that we talk about Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United are not in the Champions League next season and Ronaldo is unhappy about that.

“He’s completely obsessed with playing competitively, so he’s not living well with the reality that he won’t be playing there in the immediate future.

“He spoke to his agent Jorge Mendes, who is seeing if there are other options. He said he would speak to clubs who are aiming to win the Champions League to see what could be done in terms of change. in this summer transfer window. .

“You can forget the English clubs – Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham – because I’m 100% sure that Ronaldo won’t play for another club in England, while Ronaldo doesn’t fit into the new PSG project.

“That leaves Bayern Munich as an option. There was no interest from Bayern, but Mendes spoke to them and asked them the question: ‘How do you feel about buying Ronaldo for next season? ‘ Bayern were a bit confused when Mendes offered them Ronaldo as he’s not the type of player they usually look for.

“When an agent offers Ronaldo you just have to look at the sporting performance – not the age. Ronaldo has a salary of around £25m so it’s not easy for a club to afford him. Mendes asked Bayern what they thought.

“A swap deal with Robert Lewandowski is not an option as he stays or goes to Barcelona. These are just rumors at this stage, and that’s normal when it comes to Ronaldo.”

Man Utd’s five years of failure examined

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How and why has it gone wrong for Manchester United in recent years?

“The final piece of the puzzle.” That was how Jose Mourinho described Manchester United’s victory in the Europa League final against Ajax in May 2017. United were, he pointed out, now a club that had won every trophy in the world of football. soccer.

Victory that night in Stockholm was meant to be the start, not the end. It may have been their third trophy of the season – as Mourinho memorably gestured with his fingers – but it was also what he described as his toughest season as manager.

United managed at times, finishing sixth in the Premier League. But back then, even a sputtering version of the red machine seemed capable of producing silverware. Louis van Gaal had been sacked with the FA Cup planted right in front of him.

There was an acceptance that United needed to improve and an assumption that they would. Instead, the fifth anniversary of that win has come and gone, but it remains the club’s most recent trophy. Liverpool have won six since then. Manchester City have won 11.

How did it happen? How could this have happened? It’s a story of hubris and self-harm, a club hampered by too many voices and too few. From ownership to recruiting, the issues were countless. The solution? It is not known if this has yet been found.

Five years having passed since United’s last trophy, we take a look at how and why it went wrong for a club that had once been synonymous with success…

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