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He told talkSPORT: “Cristiano Ronaldo would join Liverpool this summer, if he could. They are big rivals of Man United but it’s about Ronaldo.
“He will go anywhere he can still play Champions League football, add to his record and win titles.
“I don’t think Ronaldo has any loyalty to United, Real Madrid or Juventus.”
Gabby Agbonlahor on Cristiano Ronaldo:— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) July 28, 2022
"To be honest, I think Cristiano Ronaldo would join Liverpool this summer if he could. They are big rivals of Man United but it’s about Ronaldo." #lfc [talksport]
The 37-year-old missed United’s pre season tour of Thailand and Australia due to family reasons but this week returned to the UK and was pictured driving into the club’s Carrington training ground to kick start his pre season.
Following the conversation, Ronaldo reiterated that he sees his future away from Old Trafford, and demanded his contract at United be ripped up to allow him to leave as a free agent.
Ronaldo’s transfer request came after United endured a dismal 21/22 campaign which saw them finish sixth in the Premier League.
The Portuguese international wants to be challenging for the top honours and break more records, something he feels he is unable to achieve if he is to stay with United.
Despite Ronaldo’s plea, United’s stance remains unchanged. The club are adamant that the five time Ballon d’Or winner is not for sale. Ten Hag said during an interview that Ronaldo is in his plans for the new season.
The Dutchman told BBC Sport: “Clear, he is not for sale. We are planning with him. And I am looking forward to working with him.
“I cannot say anymore because the situation is still the same as last week.”
'Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale, I am looking forward to working with him' 🤝— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 18, 2022
'Martinez is aggressive and I think the fans will love it' 😍
🗣️ Erik Ten Hag sat down with BBC Sport's Simon Stone to discuss preparations for the season ahead.
A whole range of clubs have been linked with a move for Ronaldo, including Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid. However, the club’s fans are far from wanting the Portuguese at their club after revealing a banner that read: “CR7 not welcome” during a pre season match.
Atletico club president has also ruled out a move for the player: “I've already said this several times, I don't know who invented the Cristiano story but I'll tell you that it's practically impossible that he comes to Atletico de Madrid.
“Rumours are rumours and they have to stay as rumours. If you keep on fuelling the rumours then eventually it will look like it's something real, which it's not.”
Where will Ronaldo be playing in the new season? Only time will tell.
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