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Cristiano Ronaldo impressed with Manchester United’s handling of transfer request

Following Ten Hag's comments, United will try to reason with Portuguese

by Ayantan Chowdhury

As Erik ten Hag prepared for his first match as Manchester United’s new manager, it was another topic that drew reporters’interest.

On the eve of their game against arch-rivals Liverpool in Bangkok, the Dutchman must have thought questions would largely revolve around his style of play and what he wants to achieve.

However, the biggest talking point which emerged from his press conference was Cristiano Ronaldo‘s future with the Red Devils. Following the Portuguese’s revelation that he wants to seek pastures new in search of Champions League football, The Old Trafford club have had to field numerous queries regarding their top scorer from last term.

Ten Hag was quick to point out that he sees the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as integral to his plans and wants to work with him to ensure the Reds taste success sooner rather than later.

“I have read that he wants to leave, but what I say is Cristiano is not for sale. He is in our plans and we want success together. I’m looking forward to working with him,” the former Ajax manager explained.

And now according to The Times, the player’s camp has been impressed with the way the current United chief executive Richard Arnold has handled affairs since the announcement became public.

Arnold, who replaced the much-maligned Ed Woodward, has been seen by Ronaldo’s entourage as honest and forthcoming while refusing to play along with the media.

Ronaldo saga to continue

The United hierarchy have understood that the Portugal skipper’s family issues need time to heal and have allowed the player to take an extended break.

On the other hand, they have allowed Jorge Mendes to try and explore possible avenues for the player which includes trips to Bayern Munich, Barcelona and even Atletico Madrid.

In terms of the United squad, despite only one player arriving so far in Tyrell Malacia, there is restructuring going on which includes players leaving on a free which frees up the wage bill as well as trying to recruit the new manager’s desired targets.

The importance placed on Ronaldo by the board and the new coach have certainly gone down well with Ronaldo & Co.

But that does not mean the player will abandon his attempts to leave. Ronaldo has built a career out of his selfish desire for excellence and that has always been the striker’s biggest positive.

Chelsea and their new co-owner Todd Boehly are enamored with the prospect of bringing the former Real Madrid star to Stamford Bridge but manager Thomas Tuchel is not too keen.

The move, if it happens, will not go down well with countless United fans. And Ronaldo knows this.

“According to friends, Ronaldo’s affection and respect for United’s supporters remains as strong as ever. In addition to wanting to leave on sporting grounds, however, there are personal reasons for leaving Manchester after a difficult period for his family following the death during childbirth of his son,” was how Duncan Castles put it in his report.

Ten Hag has had a good and positive conversation with his new No 7 and is still hopeful that the player will end up staying on.

“He’s not with us due to a personal issue. I spoke with him before this issue came up, I had a good talk with him then. [The talk] is between Cristiano and me, but I can confirm we had a really good conversation together.”

United’s priority should be to try and sort out Ronaldo’s future as soon as possible. Former Red Gary Neville had succinctly summarised it by saying, “The only important factor with the Ronaldo situation is that it’s dealt with decisively and quickly. This can’t be a saga that takes the focus away from ETH’s [Erik ten Hag] bedding in period for the next two months,” Neville tweeted.

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