The more time passes, the more Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation weighs on the player and the club. As the days go by, the pressure increases more on CR7, who has few options. More
Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t left Manchester United (yet), but it already seems to be on his mind. During the friendly match against Rayo Vallecano which marked his return, the Portuguese even left the stadium before the end of the match. On social media, the former Real Madrid player said ” glad to be back“. However, it is difficult to take his word for it.
As revealed AS, the five-time Ballon d’Or would like to find a new team before this Sunday, August 7, 2022. Manchester United will officially launch its season. It will begin with the reception of Brighton as part of the 1ʳᵉ day of the Premier League. A match that Cristiano Ronaldo therefore does not wish to play, just like the following ones. Problem: the deadline is very short for a club to come forward and negotiate its arrival.
For his part, Erik Ten Hag spoke about the player’s situation after the match against Rayo. The Mancunian coach answered clearly as to a possible return date: “ I can’t say at the moment. He’s not at the level of the rest of the team because he’s missed a lot of weeks. He needs games and lots of practice. “A shame for a player as hardworking and competitive as CR7. This declaration is also a way of anticipating a probable defection of the player.
A situation that gets bogged down
With or without him, Erik ten Hag and Manchester United will have to move forward in a season where the Championship will be the club’s major objective. For his part, Cristiano Ronaldo has proclaimed his desire to leave. However, he is not completely in control of his destiny. His agent Jorge Mendes struggled to find leads for him. Bayern Munich, Chelsea, FC Barcelona… A shortlist of clubs competing in the Champions League (condition sine qua non of Ronaldo) but who all closed the door in his face.
The transfer period is still long, and a lot can happen between now and then. But at the moment there seem to be three options for the 37-year-old. The first is to play the season with the Red Devils. The Mancunian board will be in a strong position if there are no offers on the table. The directors are unwilling to loan the player out for a season as it was discussed some time ago. With Ronaldo at the end of his contract next season, the club cannot afford to give him a gift.
Two final options for Cristiano Ronaldo
The last two options lead to Atlético Madrid and Napoli, according to AS. Two operations that remain complicated. First, Atlético Madrid president Enrique Cerezo denied any interest in the Madeira native. Then, supporters were hostile to an arrival of the former Real Madrid. Finally, the Colchoneros must first sell players before they can make a transfer of such magnitude. For now, players with high market value (Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix, etc.) are not talked about in this transfer window.
The deal is roughly similar for Napoli. The desire to attract the Portuguese star is there. But the Italian club does not really have the means to afford his services. The Sicilian club is struggling to attract players, but also to sell them. It’s hard to imagine that things will be easier with a player of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stature. The race against the clock is on for the future of the captain of the Seleçao. Last year, his arrival at Manchester United took place in the final stretch of the transfer window. Will a club emerge from the woods to help the Portuguese? The days are numbered.
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