Manchester United reportedly accept that they cannot prevent Cristiano Ronaldo from seeking a transfer away from the club this summer.
The Portuguese international has not shown up for preseason training with Manchester United, and it looks more and more likely that his future is elsewhere after a terribly disappointing year in which they failed to qualify for the Champions League.
It seems logical that the Red Devils are having trouble convincing Ronaldo to stay, but the Sun reports that they appear to be ready to accept this in order to prevent a protracted transfer controversy.
The 37-year-old is arguably not the ideal choice, and incoming manager Erik ten Hag may not want to build his team around him anyhow.
According to former United midfielder Luke Chadwick, who spoke with CaughtOffside this week, Ten Hag may have a chance to start over at the team.
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Ronaldo’s performance may have come at the ideal time, according to Chadwick. Ten Hag will want to leave his mark on the team, and this may be an opportunity to do so.
Ronaldo is undoubtedly a legend of the game, but it might be time for him to step down so that Ten Hag can implement his own philosophies.
Ronaldo might be replaced by the Brazil international, who has been linked to a move to United by Goal for Ajax winger Antony.