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Manchester United have denied reports that they are considering terminating Cristiano Ronaldo's contract with the club.
Paul Hirst of The Times followed up on this claiming that both players and coaches at Old Trafford are growing increasingly frustrated with the conduct of the Portuguese international.
The article added that senior figures have questioned whether it is worth keeping the 37-year-old given that he has told executives that he wants to leave.
It was also mentioned that Ronaldo’s demeanour is said to be worsening the atmosphere at the club’s Carrington training ground, with one source describing the Portugal forward as “a walking bad mood”.
Ronaldo was absent from United's pre-season tour because of family issues, but he also asked to leave the club before he was due to report to Carrington at the beginning of June.
In his search for a new team, who are playing in the Champions League, Ronaldo and his agent has been unsuccessful in convincing anyone to sign him.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly met with Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo's agent, last month but have distanced themselves from any possible deal, as have Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid.
After the full-time whistle was blown at the Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday, Ronaldo walked straight down the tunnel and appeared to ignore assistant manager Steve McClaren on his way.
However, those reports previously cited have been denied by United, as per Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News.
🗞 #mufc insist reports saying they are considering terminating Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract is false. Their position on Ronaldo hasn’t changed. [Samuel Luckhurst, MEN]— UtdDistrict (@UtdDistrict) August 14, 2022
He added that the club's stance on the player has not changed. They still want him to stay at Old Trafford.
The forward was on the bench on the opening weekend against Brighton, with Ten Hag stating he was not ready to start the game.
At Brentford, Ronaldo started but was unable to get into the game, with United down 4-0 at half-time.
Despite the problems throughout the summer, United will be desperate to keep the striker, with no other number nines on their books other than Anthony Martial, who has shown his unreliability fitness-wise in recent weeks.
However, Ten Hag is desperate for more signings before the end of the window.
He has had just three new players join his squad in Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen.
"We need new players and quality players. We will try and convince them to join," he told Sky Sports after the loss on Saturday.