New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag insisted on Monday superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was not for sale despite reports and rumors that the 37-year-old wants to leave Old Trafford to play in the next UEFA Champions League competition.
Ronaldo hasn’t joined United on their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia but apparently isn’t a serious option for Chelsea or Bayern Munich at the moment. It looks like another team won’t be using his services this summer either.
According to ESPN’s Julien Laurens, French giants Paris Saint-Germain rejected the chance to sign Ronaldo after he was offered to them by agent Jorge Mendes. Laurens notes that Mendes is close to Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Luis Campos and club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and has discussed a possible deal with the pair.
“Sources have added that PSG don’t believe Ronaldo is the right signing at the moment and the club don’t have enough space in their wage bill to pay him,” Laurens explained of the team. which already has Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi. and Neymar in his attack.
Neymar has been linked with Chelsea in some transfer rumours, but it’s unclear whether PSG could offload the 30-year-old to any buyers this summer.
Ronaldo, who scored 24 goals in all competitions for United last season, is believed to be struggling with a legitimate ‘family issue’ which has kept him out of United’s pre-season tour.
“We are predicting Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that’s it,” ten Hag said on Monday. “I look forward to working with him. I have read [that he wants to leave]but what I’m saying is that Cristiano is not for sale, he is in our plans and we want to succeed together.
“I spoke with him before this problem arose, I had a conversation with him and I had a good conversation. It’s between Cristiano and me. What I can confirm is that we had a very good conversation together.”