By Josh Fordham
Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘reiterated his desire to leave Manchester United’ following talks with the club.
The 37-year-old was pictured arriving at their Carrington training base this week to hold crisis talks with the club’s hierarchy.
He was seen arriving with his agent, Jorge Mendes, as he returned to United for the first time this summer, after missing their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to family reasons.
Those talks appear to have done nothing to change Ronaldo’s views, though, and he remains insistent he wants to leave.
The Mail reported the Portugal superstar wants to be freed from the final year of his £360,000-a-week contract.
United’s stance has not changed and they do not want to sell, nor have they received any enquires.
However, The Athletic says Ronaldo is still determined to depart the club as he’s hoping to sign for a Champions League side in order to preserve his goalscoring record in the competition.
His list of potential destinations is running thin, with the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich ruling themselves out of the race.
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Atletico Madrid have shown an interest, but there has been a staunch backlash from their fans.
Meanwhile, The Athletic’s report adds that Mendes has held talks with Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon, where Ronaldo began his career.
However, there may be issues for Sporting to find the finances to facilitate such a move.
The Ronaldo saga is set to rumble on over the summer, but he is likely to remain professional.
He underwent medical tests after his talks with the club and then trained on Wednesday.
He watched his teammates play in a behind closed doors friendly on Wednesday against Wrexham.
The Red Devils play friendlies against Atletico Madrid on Saturday, followed by a game against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. It is thought that he could feature in the latter fixture at Old Trafford.
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