Cristiano Ronaldo is now also absent from Manchester United’s summer tour of Thailand amid ongoing speculation about a move. The English club released the 37-year-old from traveling to Bangkok on Friday for family reasons, British media reported.
In addition, the club left open whether the Portuguese would at least be part of the subsequent tour to Australia. However, United have again ruled out an early farewell to Ronaldo, it was said.
The absence of the top scorer at the start of the team’s training had recently strengthened the rumors of a change. Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy with Manchester United not playing in the Champions League next season and is therefore targeting a move just a year after returning to the Red Devils. Accordingly, his advisor has already spoken to representatives of Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona and FC Bayern.
The people of Munich had denied any interest in signing Ronaldo as a possible replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who was willing to change. “As much as I appreciate Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the greatest, a transfer would not fit into our philosophy,” said CEO Oliver Kahn to the “kicker”. Kahn and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic do not want to rely on older players. Ronaldo was brought into play as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski, should the Polish world footballer leave Munich for FC Barcelona, as he intended, despite the current contract.
SSC Napoli and AS Roma were also mentioned as possible destinations for the former world footballer. Ronaldo is reportedly currently in Portugal.