Man United Manager Erik Ten Hag Takes Bold Stance on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Future
- Erik Ten Hag believes wantaway superstar Cristiano Ronaldo could commit his future to Manchester United beyond this season
- Despite missing the club's three pre-season games, Ten Hag is confident the ex-Real Madrid talisman will stay beyond this season
- The 37-year-old Ronaldo has been linked with an avalanche of top European clubs with the latest being Atletico Madrid
Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag is optimistic Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at the club beyond this season.
Ronaldo has been exempted from Ten Hag's pre-season plans due to 'personal reasons' with multiple reports suggesting the former Real Madrid talisman is angling for a move away from Old Trafford.
The Portuguese ace, who has told the club he is open to a move away this summer, has a year left on his current deal with United and Ten Hag believes Ronaldo will honour his contract obligations and even stay beyond the upcoming season.
“I am well informed, he also has also an option [of another year]." Erik said via The Athletic.
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“Yes [he could stay beyond this season], but to be honest, of course, I have signed here for three years, but in football, it’s short-term as well. We have to win from the start. So I don’t look that far ahead.
“I have a strategy, it’s a process, it takes time but in the end, we have to make sure from the outset there is a winning team.”
When asked whether Ronaldo can meet his coaching demands, Ten Hag responded: “I think Cristiano is capable of doing that. In his career, he has shown everything."
“I have set my demand. We want to play in a certain way. A top player can contribute and Ronaldo is an absolute top player in our squad.
“The players dictate the way you play. Especially players who score goals because they are extremely important for a team. You construct your team around them.”
Man United fans claim they don't need Ronaldo
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that fans of Premier League club Manchester United are on cloud nine as the Red Devils record their third successive win in pre-season.
The record holders of the English elite division have been in purple patch form since pre-season kick-started - recording three wins in three games with their latest coming against fellow Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.
Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho appear to be in sync leading the attack while the rest of the team continues to play the 'Ten Hag' which has excited fans of the club.