Cristiano Ronaldo flew back from Portugal to England on Monday to reportedly talk with Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and chief executive Richard Arnold regarding his plan for this coming season.

Ronaldo previously confirmed wanting to leave Old Trafford this summer, hoping to play in the Champions League after Man Utd could only place sixth last season. However, Ten Hag and Arnold have confirmed that they expect Ronaldo to see the remainder of his £500,000 ($ 600,000)-a-week deal, which runs until June 2023. Ten Hag has publicly announced, "We are planning with Cristiano for this season, so that's it and I am looking forward to working with him," he said on July 11.

"I spoke with him before this issue came up. I had a really good conversation with him, but that will stay between me and him. But Cristiano is not for sale." Man Utd are attempting to convince Ronaldo to extend his initial two-year contract with the team.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner missed United's pre-season tour in Thailand and Australia due to family reasons. The 37-year-old continued to train alone in Lisbon as the Red Devils played four pre-season friendlies against Liverpool, Melbourne Victory, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. Man Utd have now flown back from Australia, resulting in Ronaldo jetting back to Manchester.

Ten Hag reportedly allowed his players to take a day off on Monday to recover after the long flight; the teammates are then back in training at Carrington on the following day. United won three of their four games on tour with only a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday. Ronaldo's future with United is still uncertain, but the meeting between the striker, Ten Hag and Arnold is scheduled for this week.

Man Utd are said to be willing to accept a loan move for the upcoming season, permitting Ronaldo to play in Europe's top club competition, with Atletico Madrid the latest club to be linked with the Portuguese forward. However, that would only be possible if he extends to another year at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo, who scored as United's top scorer with 24 goals in all competitions last season, has been offered to Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Atletico and Napoli; however, no progress on the deal has been seen yet.

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal warming up during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 2 match between Portugal and Switzerland at Estadio Jose Alvalade on June 5, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

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