BACK HOME: Cristiano Ronaldo to return to England after failed exit bid
The Portuguese star tried to force a move away, but most sources think he'll be staying
He was desperate to leave. He would take a huge wage cut. He would even play for one of his biggest rivals. But it looks it was all to no avail. The story of Cristiano Ronaldo and his wish to move away from Manchester United will be taking another turn, and it's looking like the Red Devils are getting what they wanted.
As reported by The Athletic, the Portuguese star is back in England to speak with Manchester United about his future. Ronaldo hasn't started a game for United under new manager Erik ten Hag since he opted out of the team's preseason trip to Thailand and Australia due to family obligations.
Tthe 37-year-old is expected to land in Manchester, where he will meet with the club again, after he expressed his desire to depart the club some weeks ago. However, according to Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo is not and never was up for sale and the club expect he will play a significant role for them in the 2022-23 season. The Old Trafford club is rumored to consider his return as a good sign.
Although it is currently unknown if he will finally join practice with the Red Devils on Tuesday, he will be meeting with Erik ten Hag in the coming days to define his future. There is still some uncertainty around what comes next for Ronaldo, particularly as some took the changing of his children school to one in Lisbon as a sign of a potential move, despite several claims that the former Sporting Lisbon man wasn't eyeing a return to his childhood club.
In that sense, most sources indicate that Cristiano Ronaldo staying at Manchester United is becoming more and more plausible, after many of the top clubs that could potentially sign him declared to be either uninterested or unable to afford him.
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