Manchester United are playing down suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo is close to a return to boyhood club Sporting Lisbon after a report suggested an agreement for the runaway striker to return home to Portugal was ‘99% concluded”
- Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘on the verge’ of returning to Sporting Lisbon, according to reports
- It is also suggested that the Manchester United move is 99% complete
- However, United played down suggestions the deal would come to Sportsmail
- The runaway striker was dropped against Liverpool by manager Erik ten Hag
- Aging superstar Ronaldo, 37, has revealed he wants to leave earlier this summer
Manchester United have poured cold water on a report claiming Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘on the verge’ of a sensational return to Sporting Lisbon.
The runaway superstar is keen to leave Old Trafford this summer because he wants Champions League football, and rumors have sprung up on social media that the 37-year-old veteran is leaving the Red Devils.
However, a source close to United played down the likelihood of the move happening. sports mail.
Manchester United have poured cold water on a report claiming superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured) is ‘on the verge’ of a sensational return to his former club Sporting Lisbon.
Ronaldo’s recent Instagram post (above) appears to suggest he will stay at Old Trafford
CaughtOffside took to Twitter around 5pm BST on Thursday to say: “Cristiano Ronaldo is close to signing for Sporting Lisbon.
“The club will start presentation preparations from tomorrow. Deal closed at 99%. Jorge Mendes worked tirelessly to find a solution. The sports team have been preparing for Ronaldo’s return for weeks.
Shortly after, Ronaldo posted a picture of himself on Instagram training, running, stretching and smiling, with the caption: “Keep working and focused”, followed by an emoji of prayer and muscle.
His post – the player’s first in over two weeks and the first since dropping out against Liverpool – has already been liked 2.3 million times.
The saga over whether Ronaldo will stay or leave has threatened to undermine the club’s unity amid their early-season struggles under new Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag (right).
The Portuguese striker has announced his desire to leave earlier this summer, after a hugely disappointing season which saw United miss out on qualifying for Europe’s top competition.
Ronaldo’s ‘will he stay or will he go’ saga threatened to undermine the club’s unity amid their early season struggles under new manager Erik ten Hag, who constantly had to respond to questions about her star man’s future.
But no suitable buyer has been found, with Chelsea cooling off and Atletico Madrid distancing themselves from the former Real Madrid player after backlash from fans.
On paper, a return to the Portuguese capital with Sporting would make sense – last season’s Primeira Liga finalists are in the Champions League and have a pretty nice squad, drawn alongside Tottenham, Eintracht Frankfurt and Marseille.
The striker spent a season at Sporting Lisbon before joining United for the first time in 2003.
However, there are genuine questions over whether Ruben Amorim’s side can fund Ronaldo’s high wages – and a United source has confirmed that move is unlikely to happen.
The 189-cap international spent a full season playing senior football at Sporting before first joining United in 2003, where he became a global superstar, with moves to Real Madrid and Juventus before his return in Manchester in 2021.
After missing the club’s pre-season tour for ‘personal reasons’, Ronaldo returned to the starting line-up in their second game of the season against Brentford but was ineffective as the Bees beat them 4-0 .
He was then dropped for the clash with Liverpool – and only played for the final four minutes as Ten Hag’s men put in a much improved performance which saw them win 2-1 – showing United perhaps a future without Ronaldo.
Manchester United minimization suggestions Cristiano Ronaldo is close to a return to Sporting Lisbon