Manchester United won’t play Champions League football next season and there have been concerns Cristiano Ronaldo would want to leave this club this summer.
Despite Ronaldo’s 24 goals in all competitions this season, Manchester United will finish the season in 6th place and also trophyless for the fifth year in a row.
Ronaldo signed an initial two-year deal on his return to the club but there’s been speculation that the Portuguese forward does not fit into Erik ten Hag’s plans, with the Dutchman preferring a high-energy frontline that can apply pressure on their opponents.
However, according to The Sun, Ronaldo has told team-mates he intends to stay at Manchester United — but only if Erik ten Hag wants him.
The Portuguese superstar, 37, wants to see out the final year of his Old Trafford contract despite the Red Devils failing to nab a place in next year’s Champions League.
A Manchester United insider told The Sun: “Ronaldo told the players he’s not going anywhere unless the club say they don’t want him.
“No one is more disappointed than him about how the season has panned out.
“But he doesn’t want to leave on a low and wants to help get the club back into the Champions League and try and win a trophy next year.
“However, he has told them if the new boss wants to go in a different direction, then he will have no hard feelings and has no regrets about coming back to Old Trafford.”
Ronaldo, who has scored 18 goals in 29 Premier League games this season, is also understood to be keen to remain in the UK as his son Cristiano Jr has settled into life at United’s academy.
And he believes partner Georgina — who previously lived in the UK while working as a nanny prior to meeting him in Madrid — will benefit from stability as they cope with the new arrival of their baby daughter and tragic loss of her twin brother.