Manchester United have sent a warning to Premier League rivals Chelsea that Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale.
Manchester United insists Ronaldo will remain a Manchester United player next season amid reported interest from Chelsea.
On Saturday, it was reported that new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly had met Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes in Portugal and a possible transfer was discussed.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is desperate to sign an attacker this summer after Romelu Lukaku was allowed to join Inter Milan on loan.
Ronaldo enjoyed an impressive return to United last season – at least on an individual basis – scoring 24 goals in 38 appearances.
It appears Chelsea boss Tuchel will love to have Ronaldo in his team to boost his attack for next season.
Chelsea will be left disappointed if they do make a move for Ronaldo as Manchester United are adamant he is staying put.
A senior club source told the Manchester Evening News: “Cristiano is not for sale. We want and fully expect him to be with us next season.”
Ronaldo, 37, is under contract at United until next year and the club has the option of an additional year.
Although United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League cast immediate doubt on Ronaldo’s future, United anticipate Ronaldo will still be at the club when the transfer window closes.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag ideally intends to start Ronaldo through the middle next season, flanked by one of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga, as well as a new addition.
Ronaldo, who has won five Ballon d’Or awards, insisted last month that he was ‘happy’ at Manchester United and excited to work under new boss Erik ten Hag.
“I was and still am very happy to be here, and what I have to say to the fans is they are amazing,” Ronaldo said.
“Even when we lost games, they always support us, they always are with us. The supporters are always in my heart and it’s the people that we all should respect because they are always on our side.
“For me, the most important thing is to try to win the games and try to win some championship or some cup but I believe that Manchester will be where they belong. As I say before, sometimes it takes time but I still believe.
“What I know about him [Ten Hag] is he did a fantastic job for Ajax, that he’s an experienced coach. But we need to give him time.
“Things need to change the way he wants. I hope we have success, of course, because, if you have success, all of Manchester is going to have success as well. I wish him the best.
“We are happy and excited, not only as players, but the supporters as well. I wish him the best and let’s believe that, next year, we are going to win trophies.”