Cristiano Ronaldo’s plea to leave Manchester United was met with widespread celebration from his team-mates, who feel the striker has become a ‘pain in the a**e’.
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The 37-year-old requested to leave Old Trafford in July, despite giving no earlier indication of his desire to exit.
Ronaldo scored 24 times in 38 matches last term but United’s performances suffered following his arrival from Juventus.
The striker wants to join a club in the Champions League and he was absent from United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia for ‘family reasons’.
Ronaldo’s arrival last summer was met with excitement from the United squad, who felt he could spearhead the side’s title challenge.
But Ronaldo’s second stint has turned sour with the forward’s attitude towards his team-mates coming under intense scrutiny.
After missing the side’s pre-season tour, Ronaldo left at half-time as he made his return in a friendly against Rayo Vallecano in a friendly at Old Trafford in August.
Ten Hag is trying to rebuild team unity at Old Trafford and ESPN say Ronaldo’s team-mates ‘cheered’ his declaration that he wanted to leave the club in July as he’s become a ‘pain in the a**e’.
Ronaldo hasn’t given up hope of leaving the club in the next 48 hours but his options look limited.
Napoli are keen on signing him but United would have to pay nearly all of his £500,000-a-week wages if they’re to offload him.
Chelsea have once again been offered the opportunity to sign Ronaldo but Thomas Tuchel has reservations about signing the veteran.
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