Manchester United are starting their preparations, but their biggest name, Cristiano Ronaldo, will apparently be missing. And yet the Portuguese is omnipresent – also because his wish for a change is apparently not to be heard.

Manchester United’s training kick-off will apparently take place without Cristiano Ronaldo.

The superstar is absent from the kick-off at the training ground in Carrington due to family reasons, reports journalist Laurie Whitwell at The Athletic. He said the club had been informed of the reasons and had agreed to the absence. It is not clear when Ronaldo will join. The team leaves for the preseason gate to Thailand and Australia on Friday, when he is expected to be on board.

At United, all the players who were still on international duty at the start of July also resume work on Monday. Ronaldo’s arrival had been eagerly awaited, as there had reportedly been no direct talks between the veteran star and United’s new coach Erik ten Hag.

Ronaldo’s future with the Red Devils, which is currently completely open, is also likely to depend on this. The 37-year-old is said to have asked for his release recently, according to a report in The Times. However, Ten Hag had previously publicly indicated that he was planning to continue with the Portuguese. As The Athletic reported on Saturday, United do not want to sell him either.

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A transfer would open up another construction site at the record champions, who unlike many other top English clubs have yet to announce a single new arrival.

Ronaldo returned to Manchester only a year ago. What initially looked like a triumphant comeback in the Premier League became more and more of a nuisance.

Ronaldo did not want to fit into the (pressing) football envisaged by former coach Ralf Rangnick, and many English experts saw the striker as a problem – although he still contributed 24 goals in 38 games.

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Ronaldo, on the other hand, is said to be less than enthusiastic about his club’s rebuilding efforts. It is said time and again that “CR7” wants to make another attempt at winning the Champions League in his advanced footballing years.

This will not be possible at United for the time being, after all, they missed out on qualifying for the Europa League.

However, it is questionable whether Ronaldo will get the hoped-for chance at another club. Not only because Manchester does not necessarily want to give him away, but also because there are only a few options.