Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo continues his absence from his Manchester United team, which travels to Thailand and Australia today, Friday, in his pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia, five times without the best player in the world, after giving him more time to with a family to go matter.
The Portuguese star was absent from United’s training on Monday as new Dutch coach Erik ten Hag welcomed the international players into the first phase of training dedicated to the new season.
Ronaldo informed the club that he was forced not to join his colleagues, who were joined by the two international players who were returning from preoccupation with their national teams over a family matter.
The former Real Madrid and Italian Juventus star was absent from the team on Thursday, meaning he will not be with the group traveling to Bangkok on Friday. It was not known if he would play his friendly match with his local opponent Liverpool in Thailand on Tuesday before moving to Australia.
And the media is interpreting the 37-year-old’s absence as part of his bid to secure a departure from Old Trafford.
Ronaldo returned from Juventus to Manchester United last summer, but despite his success to become the English club’s top goalscorer last season and third goalscorer in the Premier League (18 goals), the “Red Devils” had to settle for sixth Place.
And United failed to secure a place in the Champions League and were left empty-handed from any title, leaving CR7, whose contract will be extended for another year in addition to an optional year, content with European League competition (European League) next season.
United insist that their Portuguese star, who scored 24 goals in all competitions last season, is not for sale, and new coach Ten Hag is keen to work with him.
A spokesman for the club told the Manchester Evening News: “Cristiano Ronaldo will not be part of the Manchester United roster who will tour Thailand and Australia on Friday before the season”, adding: “He is on extra leave to deal with a family affair.”
“Cristiano is still associated with Manchester United for another season and is not for sale,” he emphasized.
Ronaldo won the English Premier League title three times and the Champions League once during his first spell at United for six years, before moving to Real Madrid in 2009 and then to Juventus in 2018.
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