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Cristiano Ronaldo Seeking Manchester United Exit This Summer After Erik Ten Hag Issue

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Cristiano Ronaldo Seeking Manchester United Exit This Summer After Erik Ten Hag Issue

Cristiano Ronaldo is seeking a Manchester United exit after feeling left out of Erik ten Hag's project for the club, according to reports.

Reports from La Repubblica say that the 37-year-old striker is said to not feel involved in the plan at Old Trafford under the Dutch manager.

This is in contrast to what Ten Hag has said previously in public.

United's manager, only earlier this month, said that he "looks forward to working with Ronaldo".

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However, with doubts surrounding the idea whether the no.7 suits the style of play that Ten Hag will want to play with, it's not an alien idea that he might want to operate with a younger and more adaptable striker.

Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal training. (Alamy)
Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal training. (Alamy)

In addition, the report also claims that the lack of Champions League football at the Theatre of Dreams next season is another factor that has increased his chance of departing the club this summer.

His agent, Jorge Mendes, is already said to be looking for a new club for Ronaldo and is looking for options.

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Whispers of the forward's name have gone around Jose Mourinho's AS Roma, especially because the Italian club would be able to take advantage of tax reductions due to the time that Ronaldo spent at Juventus.

Roma have three ex-Reds in their ranks. (Alamy)
Roma have three ex-Reds in their ranks. (Alamy)

However, the reports also mentions that this destination seems unlikely for the Portuguese as it is a move to another Europa League club.

Ronaldo scored 23 goals last season and registered three assists, six of those goals came in the Champions League campaign despite United being knocked out in the round-of-16 against Atletico Madrid.

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His efforts on his return to the Premier League landed him a place in the Team of the Season and one of the most prestigious awards at United - The Sir Matt Busby Player of the Season Award.

Although it was expected that the Reds would challenge for titles with Ronaldo leading the team, his personal campaign was something still to be proud of.

With Erik ten Hag at the helm, it would seem wrong for Ronaldo to leave the club without a campaign where he has a real chance of delivering silverware to the United faithful.

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Both Manchester City and Liverpool have bolstered their sides with two of the most exciting young centre-forwards across Europe in Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez respectively.

Manchester City's Erling Haaland. (Alamy)
Manchester City's Erling Haaland. (Alamy)

With the rest of the striker market not being outstanding, United should ideally be looking to hold onto Ronaldo for another season.

However, with Ten Hag building a long term project, if reports about his lack of desire for the 37-year-old to be in those plans, the club should support that decision.

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Topics: Transfers, Manchester United, Manchester United Transfer News & Rumours, Football, Cristiano Ronaldo, AS Roma, Erik Ten Hag

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