Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United is under further scrutiny, but the club have denied speculation that his contract will be terminated.
The 37-year-old has 12 months left on his current contract with the option of an additional year.
Manchester United’s official response is that the Portugal international is not for sale. A club spokesperson said: “There is no change in the club’s position.”
Sky Sports News understands Ronaldo would love to leave Old Trafford for Champions League football.
Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure in United’s 4-0 loss at Brentford on Saturday which left Erik ten Hag’s side bottom of the Premier League table.
‘Horrified’ Ten Hag orders United to run longer
Ten Hag ordered the United players to undergo extra training on Sunday and wanted them to run 13.8 kilometers during training as the Brentford players ran much further than them in Saturday’s defeat. (109.4 km against 95.6 km for United).
Ten Hag was believed to be horrified by United’s performance and made it clear to the team that they had let down everyone associated with the club.
He stressed that it is non-negotiable for players to come through brick walls when playing for United.
The feeling at the club’s senior levels is that even with an immediate overhaul of recruitment policy, it could take up to five years for the club to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League again.
Ten Hag wants a centre-forward and a midfielder in this window. Sources close to Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic say he wants to join United.
Austria international Kalajdzic has entered the final year of his contract and is believed to be one of several strikers United are considering.
Austria head coach and former United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick has said Kalajdzic’s development will not be jeopardized if he stays at Stuttgart.
However, at 25, the player feels the time has come for a new challenge.
United are yet to agree personal terms with Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The clubs have a tentative deal worth £15m but there is still work to be done.
Rabiot, who joined Juventus as a free agent in the summer of 2019, is in the final year of his contract and has fallen out of favor at the Italian giants.
Sky Sports News It was said that Ten Hag cared deeply for the player and there was “full alignment” between the manager and the scouting department over the signing.
Neville: Ronaldo’s situation needs to be clarified
Speaking on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, Gary Neville called on Ronaldo to clarify his future:
“I’m a bit disappointed with him because he lets the manager take part in these press conferences. Cristiano Ronaldo is now at a good age. He’s been the greatest player in the world with Lionel Messi for 10 years. He’s got all the experience in the world.
“Would it be too much to ask him to come out and do an interview to clear things up, tell us what he really thinks and what is really going on?
“I think it would be something that would be a start. So for me, I’m disappointed because that clarity that we don’t have and the reason why Ten Hag is getting a little nervous during his press conference, it’s It’s because we ask him tough questions. He probably isn’t really telling us the truth because he can’t.
“The reality is that if a Champions League club replaces Cristiano Ronaldo in the next two weeks, I think we know they want to make that decision.”
“There is also a more important thing for me because I want his career at Man Utd to end well. What he has achieved at the club and what he has achieved in the game, is that too much to ask for? the next 12 months for him to encourage young players, be a leader on the pitch and do the interviews when your team wins and when they lose.”