‘No club in Europe wants him, Ten Hag doesn’t want him and I’m not sure the dressing room at Man United want Cristiano Ronaldo’: Jamie Carragher SLAMS veteran for trying to engineer a move
- Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Man United due to lack of Champions League
- He caused further controversy by leaving the Rayo Vallecano friendly early
- United boss Erik ten Hag has since slammed the decision as ‘unacceptable’
- Carragher believes neither ten Hag nor his team-mates want him at club
Jamie Carragher believes Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer wanted at Manchester United and reiterated he cannot believe he was re-signed by the club last summer.
Ronaldo wants out of the club as United have no Champions League football this season, just a year after he made a sensational return to the club from Juventus in 2021.
The wantaway Portuguese star caused further controversy at the weekend by leaving Old Trafford before the end of their 1-1 friendly draw against Rayo Vallecano, something new boss Erik ten Hag has since labelled ‘unacceptable’.
Jamie Carragher believes Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer wanted at Manchester United
Ronaldo wants out of the club as United have no Champions League football this season
Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have all been linked with a summer move for Ronaldo but all three clubs have distanced themselves from those reports.
And Carragher, speaking on the Overlap, in partnership with Sky Bet, believes the lack of interest in him from other clubs means United will struggle to get their ‘bizarre’ signing from last season out of Old Trafford before the transfer window slams shut.
‘I always thought he [Ronaldo] was a bizarre signing,’ Carragher said. ‘I always felt this situation would come, even if Ronaldo did great for you [Manchester United].
‘He signed a two-year deal plus another year, which I couldn’t believe, and he’s never going to play second fiddle to anyone but as players at a certain stage in your career we all know that you’re not the same player, and his career has gone on longer because he’s such a great professional.
‘But the fact he’s now 37, 38 this season, he’s not the same player. He’s still a great goal scorer but he’s not the same player. No other club in Europe at this moment wants him, I might be wrong.
Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United’s friendly with Rayo Vallecano on Sunday early
‘But it doesn’t look like United can get him out, so at the moment other clubs don’t want him. And I think if you asked Ten Hag, I don’t think he wants him. And I’m not quite sure the dressing room at Manchester United would want Cristiano Ronaldo right now.’
United have so far maintained that he is not for sale, with the former Real Madrid man still having one year remaining on his contract.
It is understood the forward’s agent has informed United of an offer and wants the Red Devils to name their price.
Meanwhile, former United defender Gary Neville added: ‘Let me be really clear, Ronaldo’s achievements in football go beyond anything that anybody could ever wish for and imagine.
‘He’ll go down in the top players of all time and always will be, and what happens this summer at Manchester United will be forgotten about in 20 years.
‘But it’s unpalatable for me to watch, as an ex-Manchester United captain, an ex-Manchester United senior player, and thinking that at this moment in time the star player in the dressing room is playing up.
‘It happened at times over the last few years where you had Pogba’s agent – not necessarily Pogba all the time but his agent – always playing up with the club. You can’t have your star player in a club running the shop. You cannot have it.’
To access exclusive, unseen content from the Overlap Fan Debate, please visit Sky Bet’s Start of Season Hub