Manchester United are standing firm over Cristiano Ronaldo (EPA)
Manchester United have ordered Cristiano Ronaldo to report for their pre-season tour despite his desire to leave Old Trafford this summer, according to reports.
The 37-year-old made a surprise return last year before United delivered their worst-ever Premier League season and failed to secure a place in the Champions League.
Ronaldo ended the campaign with 24 goals in all competitions for United but faced criticism for his performances.
Ronaldo is now understood to have asked to leave United this summer, with his desire to play Champions League football a key factor behind his request.
But according to The Telegraph, United’s hierarchy are standing firm and are not willing to sell Ronaldo. It’s reported that the stance is supported by new manager Erik ten Hag.
Ronaldo is due to report to United’s training base on Monday to begin his pre-season schedule.
Meanwhile, The Mirror reports that United will order Ronaldo to take part on their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia, with the squad due to begin their travels on Friday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 24 goals for Manchester United last season (Getty)
Ronaldo is also understood to be disillusioned with United’s lack of progress in the transfer market with both Liverpool and Manchester City already strengthening their squads.
The Portugal international has one year remaining on the contract he signed with United last summer.
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Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has held talks with Bayern Munich and Chelsea but a move for the 37-year-old would be expensive for both clubs.
United paid an initial €15 million (£12.9m) to sign Ronaldo from Juventus last year.
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