Much of the focus this summer has been on reinforcing Manchester United’s squad, with Erik ten Hag’s revolution enduring a slow start in the early weeks of the transfer window.
But progress is now being made, with three arrivals confirmed less than halfway through pre-season. Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen have both signed, whilst the club has confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Ajax over Lisandro Martinez.
In terms of departures, one story has been widely documented and that’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s future. The 37-year-old has asked to leave United this summer and has not reported for pre-season training.
With less than three weeks remaining before United kick off their Premier League campaign, the former Real Madrid star is yet to provide any clarity over his future.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s encounter with Crystal Palace in Melbourne, Ten Hag has insisted that Ronaldo is not for sale and that he remains in his plans.
"He is not for sale"
Erik Ten Hag lays down the law regarding Cristiano Ronaldo's future, but admits he does not know when CR7 will return to trainingpic.twitter.com/Lz8H7NenvZ
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“Clear, he’s not for sale,” Ten Hag said, as seen above. “We are planning with him and I’m looking forward to working with him. For the rest, I cannot say anymore because the situation is still the same as last week,” the 52-year-old added.
Ronaldo is highly unlikely to link up with his teammates during their tour of Australia and any return to training would come later during preparations, with friendlies in Europe still to play.