The Cristiano Ronaldo personnel continues to cause concern at Manchester United. On Tuesday, according to the superstar Sun have a clarifying conversation with coach Erik ten Hag, the outcome of which is completely open. If the superstar shows no remorse, there is a risk of the suspension being extended.
According to the English newspaper, the club expects the five-time world footballer to follow his coach’s instructions and rules. Various other media had recently reported that ten Hag was demanding an apology.
After the Portuguese refused to come on as a substitute in the Premier League game against Tottenham last Wednesday and left the stadium prematurely, he was suspended by the Red Devils for the league game against Chelsea.
So far there has been no apology from the attacker. On his Instagram-Account he wrote that he was trying to “be a role model”, but that was “not always possible”. He now wants to “work hard, support my teammates and be prepared for everything in every game”. For him, however, it was not an option to “give in to the pressure”. And further: “This is Manchester United and we must be united.”
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It is currently unclear how long he will be united with the English record champions. Ronaldo wanted to change in the summer, but was unable to do so due to a lack of offers.
Now the situation could be different. The American co-owner of Chelsea FC, Todd Boehly, is according to the Daily Mail open to signing the 37-year-old next January. Boehly has a close relationship with Jorge Mendes, the player’s agent. He is said to have been interested in a transfer last summer. However, various media reported that the then coach Thomas Tuchel had vetoed it.
Much should now depend on the new coach Graham Potter. Unlike in the summer, Ronaldo could also have a choice. According to the Sun a return to Italy may be possible. The British tabloid reports that SSC Napoli could submit an offer. However, Ronaldo’s horrendous salary is a possible problem. The 2016 European champion already played for Juventus in Serie A between 2018 and 2021.
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