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Cristiano Ronaldo will NOT travel with Manchester United on their pre-season tour

Cristiano Ronaldo will NOT fly to Bangkok with Man United today to start pre-season tour after being given permission to have more personal leave for family reasons… but superstar feels his hopes of leaving the club are fading

  • Manchester United will depart for their tour of Australia and Thailand on Friday
  • The players reported back for pre-season at the start of July but without Ronaldo
  • The Portuguese star has been granted absence by United due to family reasons
  • Ronaldo also wants to leave the club to play Champions League football this year
  • Chelsea and Napoli are among the clubs interested in the 37-year-old striker

Manchester United will go on tour to Bangkok on Friday without Cristiano Ronaldo after giving the Portuguese superstar more time off for family reasons.

The club still don’t know if Ronaldo will be able to join the four-game, 16-day trip to Thailand and Australia at a later date amid uncertainty over his future at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo fears his hopes of quitting United are fading after the club doubled down on their assertion that he is not for sale on Thursday.

Manchester United will go on pre-season tour to Bangkok on Friday without Cristiano Ronaldo 

Ronaldo's future has provided an immediate early problem for new boss Erik ten Hag

Ronaldo’s future has provided an immediate early problem for new boss Erik ten Hag

United will back up that stance by including images of the 37-year-old wearing their new kit when it is officially unveiled on Friday morning — even though he will not be on the plane to Bangkok with his team-mates several hours later.

A club spokesperson confirmed: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo will not be part of the Manchester United party scheduled to depart for our pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia on Friday.

‘He has been granted additional time off to deal with a family issue.

‘Cristiano remains under contract with Manchester United for another season and is not for sale.’ 

The rest of the squad have been back at Carrington this week, but without their star forward

The rest of the squad have been back at Carrington this week, but without their star forward

Ronaldo was due to report back for pre-season training on Monday but has been given compassionate leave by United for the family-related issue.

The player has so far missed four days of training but is said to be unhappy over suggestions he has refused to turn up, considering he had the club’s permission to stay in Lisbon with partner Georgina Rodriguez and his children.

However, Ronaldo’s continued absence is bound to fuel speculation over his future after he told United he wants to leave and his agent Jorge Mendes held talks with several clubs.

Chelsea and Napoli have expressed an interest but Ronaldo is understood to accept it will be difficult to find a Champions League club prepared to match his £500,000-a-week wages just a month before the new season starts, particularly given United’s stance.

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is keen on the prospect of signing Ronaldo this summer

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is keen on the prospect of signing Ronaldo this summer

They are unwilling to weaken their squad at a time when manager Erik ten Hag wants new players.

Despite signing Tyrell Malacia and reaching a verbal agreement with Christian Eriksen, United have yet to make a breakthrough in talks with Barcelona over their top target Frenkie de Jong.

Reports in Spain suggested Chelsea could try to gazump United by offering Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso as part of a package for De Jong, but it is understood that they are keen to complete the signings of Raheem Sterling and Raphinha first of all.



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