United coach Ten Hag: Ronaldo ‘not for sale’

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Dutch Manchester United coach Eric Ten Hag confirmed on Monday that Cristiano Ronaldo is “not for sale” amid rumors of the Portuguese star’s departure sparked by his absence from his “Red Devils” tour in Thailand .

“Cristiano is not for sale, it is part of our plans. I am preparing with him for next season,” said Ten Hag from Bangkok, where his team will meet Liverpool on Tuesday.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner did not travel with his teammates on Friday due to a “family problem”, according to his club, but the English press has been talking about his desire to move this summer for weeks.

And press releases revealed the wish of the 37-year-old striker, whose contract expires in 2023, to have the club absent from the Champions League next season after a disappointing season in the local league that left him in sixth place.

“I spoke to Cristiano before it came up (his departure). We had a very good conversation,” said Ten Hag, who will start at United next season.

And the question of Ronaldo’s fate overshadowed the major restructuring project of the former Ajax coach, who is looking for reinforcements “in midfield and attack”.

“We have a good team that has the potential. If there is an opportunity to strengthen us, we will seize it,” said the Dutchman, without commenting on the rumor of his compatriot Francke de Jong, the Barcelona midfielder. which United want to try to strengthen. Involving.

After taking on Liverpool in Bangkok, United’s first friendly after the end of the season, United will continue their tour of Australia until July 23.