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Erik ten Hag can’t guarantee that Cristiano Ronaldo will stay

By Harry Smith

Erik ten Hag can’t guarantee that Cristiano Ronaldo will stay

Erik ten Hag couldn't provide a definitive answer when he was asked about the future of his striker

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Right after the final whistle of today’s match against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium in which the Red Devils got victorious, Erik ten Hag spoke to the press about his feelings coming out of the game. He was also asked about Cristiano Ronaldo and his future, but the manager said that he didn’t know what his decision is.

Earlier this week there were some reports suggesting that the Dutch coach doesn’t really want to keep the Portuguese striker in the squad because he feels that his negative attitude and continued willingness to leave throughout the summer could affect the rest of the players and create a conflictive environment in the dressing room.

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A few hours after the game, the sports journalist Duncan Castles from Times Sport reported that Manchester United owners the Glazer family have so much faith in Erik ten Hag that they would even consider selling Cristiano Ronaldo even though they didn’t want to do it in the first place because the player has so many commercial benefits.

One of the few teams left that could end up being a suitable destination for the 37-year-old striker is Napoli, but their manager said today that there was nothing between clubs: “I’d love to work with Cristiano Ronaldo, but there are no talks. De Laurentiis (club’s president) told me that he has not received anything”, when talking about a possible swap-deal between Osimhen and Ronaldo.

Time's running out

Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes have been looking the entire summer for a new club that will play in the Champions League this season since Manchester United failed to qualify for the biggest competition for clubs in the world. However, not one single club has made an offer for the five-time Ballon D’Or winner with less than a week left in the transfer window. 

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