Cristiano Ronaldo requested to leave Manchester United during the summer, but manager Erik ten Hag insists that he is ‘glad’ to be staying at the team this season.
Ronaldo urged the club to take into account any bids after United failed to make the Champions League this year. It started a protracted transfer story, and up until recently, Jorge Mendes, the agent, was still looking into prospects for a prospective escape.
While Sporting CP and Napoli have come to the forefront more lately, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Atletico Madrid were among those considering an approach before ruling themselves out.
But Ronaldo will at least stay at Old Trafford through the remainder of his contract when the summer transfer market closes.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has spoken to Ten Hag “many times,” according to Ten Hag.
We are on the same page, the boss declared. If he didn’t want to be here, he wouldn’t be [glad to stay]. We have said from the beginning that we planned with Ronaldo, that we are glad to have him here, that he is happy to be here, and that our goal is to succeed this season as a team.
With a contract with Ajax officially publicized, United will finish signing Antony before the transfer deadline. The Brazilian winger joins Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, and Casemiro as the club’s fifth newcomers under Ten Hag.
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Yes, it’s a signal, but all the major Premier League clubs have made significant investments, so it’s the market, according to Ten Hag. “It’s obvious that we’ve improved the team. As a manager, you’re always looking for more, so I also have to demonstrate the qualities I expect of my players. I’m always trying to maximize, but eventually you have to be happy with what you have.
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