Cristiano Ronaldo is set to hold talks with new manager Erik ten Hag after Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich both ruled out a move for the Portuguese forward. Ronaldo arrived at the Carrington training ground along with his agent Jorge Mendes for talks. Sir Alex Ferguson was also seen at the complex although it was just for a board meeting with chief executive Richard Arnold. There are reports that Ronaldo has informed the club he wants to leave as he will not be able to compete in the Champions League.
“We are planning for Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that’s it. I’m looking forward to working with him. Cristiano is not for sale. He is in our plans and we want success together,” Erik ten Hag said during their pre-season tour in Bangkok. “He’s not with us and it’s due to personal issues. I spoke with him before this issue came up. I had a conversation with him and I had a good talk. That is between Cristiano and me. What I can confirm is we had a really good conversation together. I didn’t speak to him after (the news).”
“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,” president Enrique Cerezo said about Cristiano Ronaldo. “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.”
“We discussed Cristiano Ronaldo internally, I consider him one of greatest players ever,” Bayern Munich chief executive Oliver Kahn said. “Then we came to the conclusion that, despite appreciation for Cristiano, he would not fit into our philosophy in the current situation.”