Ronaldo’s former club Sporting could try to test Man United’s resolve in January.
Sporting Lisbon could reportedly try to offer Cristiano Ronaldo a winter move so he can say bye to Manchester United in January.
The 37-year-old star is seeing a tough time at Red Devils. He is not having a regular football at Old Trafford. He was also unhappy with head coach Erik ten Hag.
Jorge Mendes was unable to engineer a move elsewhere for his client, who subsequently remained at the club only to find himself on the fringes of the team under Erik ten Hag.
Tensions reached boiling point when Ronaldo refused to come on as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur, storming down the tunnel and being dropped from the squad as a result.
Ronaldo made a swift return to start and score in the Europa League against Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday, but speculation over his next career move is beginning to grow.
The Portugal international will see his contract expiring at the end of the season with the option of a further 12 months. If he doesn’t get buyer in winter, he will leave on a free transfer in 2023.
But, The Mirror claims that Ronaldo’s former club Sporting could try to test Man United’s resolve in January as they aim for a spectacular reunion with their former starlet.
Ronaldo burst onto the scene with the Lisbon club as a teenager, scoring five goals and setting up six more in 31 games before earning his move to Man United in 2003.
Ten Hag will ultimately have the final say on Ronaldo’s future, but the Dutchman recently insisted that he was counting on the ex-Real Madrid and Juventus man for the remainder of the season.
Ronaldo has three goals and one assist from 13 games in 2022-23, starting just twice in the Premier League against Brentford and Newcastle United.
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