Erik ten Hag ‘forced to accept’ Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo transfer decision
Posted by  badge Boss on Jul 07
Cristiano Ronaldo wants to quit Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Erik ten Hag has been forced to accept he will have to plan for life without wantaway superstar .

less than 12 months after his emotional return from .

While Ronaldo maintained his astonishing goalscoring standards last season, United endured a miserable campaign which saw them collect their lowest ever Premier League points tally.

Erik ten Hag has overseen Man Utd’s start to pre-season training without Cristiano Ronaldo (Picture: Getty)

The former forward has no intention of playing in the Europa League and wants to join a team playing in Europe’s elite club competition next season.

According to , United were initially confident they could convince Ronaldo to stay and see out the final year of his contract.

, however, United are now resigned to losing their talismanic striker who appears to have little intention of joining the rest of the squad for their upcoming tour of the Far East and Australia.

Upon taking the job, Ten Hag made it clear he was looking forward to working with Ronaldo and was confident he could build a winning team around his unique talents.

Manchester United are interesting in signing Ajax’s Antony as a potential replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo (Picture: Getty)

He said: ‘Ronaldo is a giant, because of what he’s already shown and he’s still very ambitious. Of course I would like to keep him.’

After talks with United’s key decision makers, however Ten Hag is now resigned to contemplating life without Ronaldo whose agent, Jorge Mendes, is scouring Europe for a club capable of matching his ambition and affording his wages.

, but United are unwilling to sell to a domestic rival, while Thomas Tuchel is said to be far from sold on the idea of bringing an ageing Ronaldo to Stamford Bridge.

Two of Europe’s biggest clubs, meanwhile, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have effectively ruled themselves out of the running.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta said on Wednesday: ‘Ronaldo? I’m not going to talk about players, one way or the other.

‘It doesn’t contribute anything to Barca’s interests and they all deserve respect.’

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