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Ronaldo rejoined United from Juventus last summer but has informed the Red Devils he wants to leave after just a single season back at Old Trafford.
The news, which was initially broken by The Times, threatens the derail United's preparations for the upcoming season under new manager Erik ten Hag.
Respected transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has now confirmed Ronaldo wants to leave this summer and has broken down the current situation in a fascinating seven-minute long video on his YouTube channel.
Romano claims to have verified the "shocking" story after speaking with "many sources close to Cristiano, close his agent Jorge Mendes and close to the family of Cristiano".
"The reality is the Cristiano wants to leave Manchester United," said Romano. "Jorge Mendes has been clear, they want to try and find a solution this summer.”
United are yet to make a major signing in the summer transfer window and Romano says the club's inactivity in the market has "disappointed" Ronaldo, who perceives it as a lack of "ambition".
"He is really disappointed by Manchester United's general situation [but] in market especially," said Romano.
"I'm told that Cristiano appreciates Erik ten Hag, he's convinced he's a very good manager, the right man to restart this project. But it can't be only the manager, it is needed from the club, the board and the owners – a really strong message and statement in the market. They need to sign players."
Romano added: "I like the manager, I love the club but I don't feel the ambition. This is the message from Cristiano."
Later in the video, Romano claims that Ronaldo feels United's squad is in need of "six or seven" major signings.
"Cristiano is really happy with some of the players in the team. But he is convinced that some signings are needed – six, seven important players are needed at Manchester United," added Romano.
Romano says Mendes is currently "working with many clubs" to find a solution for Ronaldo this summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo told Man United he wants to leave this summer as he wants to see more ambition. Man Utd are still hopeful of keeping CR7, but aware of decision. 🚨🇵🇹 #Ronaldo— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 2, 2022
Cristiano has no agreement with any other club. Mendes explored options for weeks and will continue. pic.twitter.com/VRji13zrz0
"He had a discussion with [Bayern Munich's director of football, Hasan] Salihamidzic but Bayern very publicly confirmed they have no intention of signing Cristiano," said Romano.
Romano added that he had "no confirmation" over whether any Italian clubs are set to make an offer for Ronaldo, while he seemingly ruled out the five-time Ballon d'Or winner moving to Premier League rivals Chelsea.
"It is true that Mendes had a meeting with [Chelsea owner] Todd Boehly to discuss Cristiano but remember that Chelsea will only sign players wanted by Thomas Tuchel," added Romano.
"Todd Boehly will give total power to Thomas Tuchel. At the moment Chelsea are busy with many other players, not with Cristiano."
Romano added that Ronaldo joining rival Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain was also unlikely.
"Paris Saint-Germain will not sign Cristiano. As of today, this is their position. But as we know in the market, anything can happen," said Romano.
Manchester United have reportedly insisted that Ronaldo is not for sale this summer.
Romano says the Portugal captain is yet to receive a concrete offer from any other club and could yet remain at Old Trafford.
"Cristiano has no agreement with any club as of today," added Romano.
"So it is not Cristiano going to fight with Manchester United because he has a proposal, a right offer and wants to leave immediately. He wants to send a message, he wants to see ambition. And he wants to go in case he finds a proposal.
"But at the moment he has no agreement with any clubs."
Featured Image Credit: Alamy & YouTube: Fabrizio Romano
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