Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told Manchester United he wants to leave the club this summer.
Ronaldo made an emotional return to the Red Devils last summer from Italian champions Juventus, signing a two-year deal at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese has reportedly asked the Red Devils bosses to let him go if a suitable offer comes along.
Six-time Ballon d’Or winner thinks his future ‘is no more’ at Old Trafford
But the club’s poor performance last season has reportedly encouraged the Portuguese to make the news.
That’s according to The Times, who claim the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has told United brass he wants to end his second spell at the Theater of Dreams prematurely.
Ronaldo, 37, would like the club to let him go if he receives a satisfactory offer for his services.
The ex-Real Madrid player’s request is motivated by his desire to play in the Champions League, which United failed to qualify for last season.
Personal reasons are also said to be at the forefront of Ronaldo’s decision to leave Manchester for the second time.
Although he believes his future is no longer at Old Trafford, Ronaldo is said to still have the utmost respect for the club and not try to get out of it.
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Ronaldo’s reported desire to leave United will be music to the ears of league rivals Chelsea.
The West Londoners are keen to sign the striker this summer and are keeping tabs on his situation with United.
The Blues’ new boss, Todd Boehly, recently met Ronaldo’s agent – Jorge Mendes – to discuss a host of topics including a potential transfer for the sporting icon.
German giants Bayern Munich are also interested in signing the veteran striker, who has been a ray of light in an otherwise dismal season for the Red Devils.
Ronaldo was United’s top scorer, finding the back of the net 24 times and providing three assists in 39 appearances.
New Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag has remained tight-lipped on Ronaldo’s future, despite being repeatedly urged to get rid of the club legend.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher recently said: “I’m convinced [Ten Hag] has to do it with Ronaldo. I am convinced.
“Whether he’s cleared or not, and I’ve said this consistently throughout this season, he wasn’t a good signing.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time, and I’m considered the guy who criticizes Ronaldo.
“Ronaldo is a much better player than me; I couldn’t even lace his boots, of course.
“But I’m not saying that to disrespect him – he’s amazing.
“Ronaldo has never played in such a bad team. He has always played for great teams.
His attitude of trying to be the main man, to achieve goals, to get people going; when you are part of a great team, they are seen as positive.
“When you don’t play for a big team, that can be seen as a negative, and I think that’s been a negative this season.