Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘requested that Manchester United let him LEAVE, should they get a good offer this summer’ amid Bayern Munich and Chelsea interest
- Cristiano Ronaldo has requested that Manchester United should let him leave
- The forward’s decision is driven by his desire to play in the Champions League
- The 37-year-old believes he has three or four more years left at the top level
- Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Chelsea have already shown interest
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly requested that Manchester United let him leave should they receive a satisfactory offer this summer, just one season after re-joining the club.
The 37-year-old Portuguese superstar’s decision is driven by his desire to play in the Champions League for the remainder of his career.
Ronaldo has been part of 19 consecutive Champions League seasons since leaving Sporting Lisbon for English football in the summer of 2003.
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly requested that Manchester United let him leave this summer
The 37-year-old forward’s decision is driven by his desire to play in the Champions League
The forward has made 183 appearances in Europe’s elite competition, notching 140 goals and adding a further 42 assists in that time.
He has never played in the Europa League, in which the Red Devils will feature this season after enduring a miserable season, which saw them finish sixth in the Premier League.
The Portugal international believes he still has ‘three or four years’ left at the highest level of the game, according to The Times.
The Portugal international believes he still has ‘three or four years’ left at the highest level
The reports also suggest that Ronaldo would like to spend that time at a club where he is capable of adding to his team and individual achievements.
Ronaldo’s affection for United’s support remains as strong as ever, according to close friends.
Therefore the forward is keen on pursuing a transfer on sporting grounds, however, there are also personal reasons for leaving Manchester after a difficult period for his young family.
There are also personal reasons for leaving Manchester after a difficult period for his family
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Premier League rivals Chelsea have already expressed an interest in signing the experienced forward.
Ronaldo, however, remains in contract with United until the summer of 2023 with an option for a further year.
Bayern are said to have put their interest on hold until Robert Lewandowski’s sale to Barcelona has been agreed, but both parties currently remain far apart.
Todd Boehly, the new Chelsea co-owner, met Ronaldo’s representatives Gestifute last month in hopes of securing a deal for the five-time Champions League winner.
United will be keen to recoup the £12.9 million they paid out last summer to bring him back to Old Trafford from Serie A giants Juventus.
After his sensational return, Ronaldo went on to score 24 goals in all competitions last season, 18 of those coming in the Premier League – meaning he finished as the third top scorer in the division.
New United boss Erik ten Hag has previously stated that he wants to play an attacking style and sees Ronaldo playing a key role despite the fact that he is looking to bring in another forward and lower the age of the squad.
New United boss Erik ten Hag has previously stated that he sees Ronaldo playing a key role
It now looks unlikely that the Dutchman will be able to persuade Ronaldo to remain at Old Trafford next season, as he took over the reins for pre-season earlier this week.