Ronaldo is set to STAY at Man United because the club believe he has no suitors


Manchester United are confident that Cristiano Ronaldo will remain at the club in January – but largely due to the fact that no team wants to sign him.

The Portuguese legend’s contract is up at the end of the season, and as such he would be free to talk to foreign clubs in January, though the Red Devils are assured in their position given the lack of interest in the player.

The likelihood of an exit for the forward is further reduced by the fact that United have told Erik ten Hag that he is unlikely to be given any money to improve his squad until next summer.

Ronaldo has had a torrid start to the campaign with United, scoring just once from 12 yards against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League and losing his starting berth in the side to Marcus Rashford.

A source told ESPN that the club believe the 37-year-old will still be at Old Trafford by the end of the January window due to a lack of suitors.

This comes after a summer in which Ronaldo sent shockwaves through Europe by requesting a formal transfer away from the club.

However, his machinations met with far less interest than a player of his calibre and reputation might have expected.

Ronaldo’s decision was met with only one concrete offer, from Saudi Arabian outfit Al Hilal in a summer which saw the likes of Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid distance themselves from a potential move.

But the club are braced for further attempts at a move away, especially after manager Erik ten Hag’s admission that the player is ‘p* off’ at sitting on the bench.

The Dutchman said: ‘Especially Cristiano, he’s really competitive. Of course, he wants to play. He’s p****d off when he’s not playing. That’s clear.

‘He’s not happy he wasn’t playing on Sunday, but that wasn’t the question. The question was about how he is on the training pitch, his mood when he’s around, and he’s happy. He is training well. I don’t see he is unhappy.

‘When we were 4-0 down, 5-1 down, 6-1 down, I didn’t bring him on out of respect. So nothing to do with what’s happening for the future, for January or next year.’

Ronaldo has played in six of United’s eight league games so far, but only averages little over 34 minutes a game.

But despite the Dutchman’s admissions, it is unlikely that he will want to see him leave, given that the only real replacement should Rashford suffer an injury is Anthony Martial – himself a veteran of several lengthy spells on the sidelines.


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