Ronaldo’s desperate scheme emerged, as reporter hints at Man Utd rift with Ten Hag

A reporter has hinted at the real reason why Cristiano Ronaldo made his wish for an exit clear when he and Erik ten Hag haven’t spoken since the bombshell was dropped.

Ronaldo, 37, urged Manchester United to receive offers from clubs that can satisfy his Champions League ambition. Ronaldo informed the club of his desire to leave two weeks ago, although concrete interest has not emerged.

The likes of Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Napoli and PSG have all been mooted as potential landing spots. However, transfers for players of Ronaldo’s caliber who command such colossal salaries often don’t happen quickly.

Ronaldo has been excused from United’s pre-season tour from Thailand. Family reasons were given which the club accepted.

Now two Sky Sports journalists shed light on what the future may hold for the Portuguese icon.

First of all, Sky the reporter, Michael Bridge, ran the rule over potential suitors, with Chelsea emerging as the most likely candidate.

“Manchester United’s position is always that he is not for sale,” Bridge said. “The problem, as we have said day after day, is that Cristiano Ronaldo does not want to play in the Europa League. Where is he going?

“We talked about the ideal clubs for him. Bayern Munich sporting director said no last week; PSG take the Parisian route when it comes to transfers; go forward.

“Is it potentially one for Todd Boehly at Chelsea, who has taken over that unofficial sporting director role?”

Senior reporter Kaveh Solkehol then weighed in on the finer details of Ronaldo’s request for release.

Solhekol claimed the initial view had been that Ronaldo had been pressured to leave knowing that concrete interest had already been registered. However, the reporter believes Ronaldo’s actions were actually a desperate attempt to generate interest that didn’t already exist.

Moreover, Solkehol claimed that Ronaldo and Ten Hag haven’t spoken since the initial bombshell.

Ronaldo, Ten Hag did not speak

Solkehol said: “The interesting thing with this one is that when it appeared he wanted to leave he wanted a new challenge and he wanted Manchester United to look at suitable offers, the assumption was almost that Jorge Mendes had found these offers and was about to present them.

“But nothing has been announced and United’s position hasn’t changed at all: Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale.

“He has one year left on his contract. They expect him to be at the club next season and there is also a 12 month option on that contract.

“When we heard Erik ten Hag in his press conference yesterday, he basically said he expected Ronaldo to be at United next season and he’s not for sale.

“What’s interesting is that he hasn’t spoken to Ronaldo since the player made it clear he doesn’t want to stay at the club.

“I wonder now if the saga that started with Ronaldo saying he wanted to leave may not have been a way to generate interest rather than an initial interest to present to Manchester United.”

Countercurrent CR7

Ronaldo’s return last season was meant to give United the final push they needed to challenge for the Premier League title.

Ronaldo delivered in front of goal scoring 18 in the league, although the team as a whole suffered badly.

Should Manchester United keep Cristiano Ronaldo?

Does Manchester United need Cristiano Ronaldo next season?

New boss Ten Hag favors a high-intensity approach with every player expected to do their part both in and out of possession. At 37, Ronaldo’s days of pressing his forehead and turning back are long gone.

If United receive a suitable offer for the striker, they would be wise to consider it.

The last thing Ten Hag needs is a side show of Ronaldo overshadowing his first season at the helm.