Report: Ronaldo will accept big pay cut to smooth exit from United

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Cristiano Ronaldo is willing to take a considerable pay cut to fulfill his wish to represent a Champions League challenger once more, according to the Independent's Miguel Delaney.

Manchester United, who will compete in the Europa League next season, are reportedly adamant that Ronaldo isn't for sale this summer despite the attacker's request to leave Old Trafford if a suitable bid is tabled for his services.

Ronaldo apparently missed his return to training Monday due to "family reasons."

It's understood the 37-year-old's preferred destinations include Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain. However, potential suitors are reportedly wary of taking on his huge wage demands - some sources claim his United salary could be as much as £700,000 per week - and how his presence may dictate a radical change to the team's playing style.

So, to overcome these potential blockades, Ronaldo is prepared to significantly lower his contract expectations.

But Ronaldo's story at United isn't necessarily over. The Portuguese superstar still has a year left on his contract and has yet to have his first face-to-face meeting with new manager Erik ten Hag.

Ronaldo made his celebrated return to United last summer following a move from Juventus that could rise to €23 million after add-ons. He scored 24 goals in all competitions last season while United slumped to sixth in the Premier League and only reached the last 16 of the Champions League. The Red Devils were also knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth round and the League Cup in the third round.

Report: Ronaldo will accept big pay cut to smooth exit from United
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