Report: Manchester United insist Ronaldo isn't for sale

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Cristiano Ronaldo's wish isn't necessarily Manchester United's command.

United have no intention of selling the wantaway 37-year-old and expect him to see out the final year of his contract, The Telegraph's Ian Whittell reports.

Ronaldo told the club on Saturday he'd like to leave if it receives a suitable offer for him this summer. In recent weeks, Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, appeared to hold talks with Chelsea and Bayern Munich over a potential move. Napoli have apparently shown interest in signing the superstar as well.

However, United reportedly expect Ronaldo to join preseason training Monday as scheduled. The club granted him and other international players an additional week of vacation.

Ronaldo requested a transfer after expressing concerns over United's competitiveness, according to The Athletic's David Ornstein and Adam Crafton. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner reportedly hopes to play another three or four seasons at the top level, and it's unclear if United can match his ambitions. The Red Devils - who failed to qualify for the Champions League last season - have yet to make a signing this summer.

United are reportedly set to announce Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia as their first offseason acquisition. They're also considering signing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and free agent Christian Eriksen.

Newly appointed manager Erik ten Hag also views Ronaldo as a key piece of the project at United. The Dutch boss will reportedly discuss the player's future Monday when he shows up for training.

It's unlikely Ronaldo would force United's hand and hold out for a transfer. He still has an immense amount of respect for the club that launched his career, and recently said he's "happy" to be there.

"I believe that Manchester will be where they belong," Ronaldo added. "Sometimes it takes time, but I believe."

The forward led United in scoring last season with 24 goals in all competitions. His contract expires in June 2023, but the club has an option to extend it by a further season.

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