Piers Morgan claimed Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is "highly unlikely" to play for Manchester United as he is decided to transfer to a "surprising" club this summer.

"I have had quite a lot of contact in the last week. I certainly think it'd be highly unlikely if Cristiano Ronaldo plays another game for Manchester United," Morgan told talkSPORT. "I just think mentally he's moved on. I'm not going to say what we've said to each other but like I said from the start I don't think Cristiano feels Manchester United share his ambitions."

He believed Ronaldo is making calculations, especially since the five-time Ballon d'Or winner wants to take home major trophies – as he hopes to join the Champions League this season. "I think he feels the club structure from the top down isn't right. It's not a reflection on the new manager [Erik ten Hag], he's got a lot of respect for him, but it's just an accurate reflection of where United are right now. It's for him to say what he feels but if you're asking me then I don't think he's going to stay at Manchester United. I think he could end up somewhere quite surprising."

Ronaldo has been linked with Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern Munich; however, Man Utd are yet to receive an offer for him. The future of the 37-year-old striker for next season is still uncertain. Ronaldo did not participate in the team's pre-season tour in Thailand and is also expected to miss the team's upcoming Australia tour due to "family issues".

Meanwhile, television host and Arsenal fan Morgan is "doing everything in my power to try and persuade him to come to Arsenal." He revealed that he is encouraging Ronaldo to take the move to Emirates Stadium, "Him up front with Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah would be a fantastic forward line for us, so why not?"

United's new manager Erik ten Hag has admitted that he still has not gotten a word from Ronaldo since he asked to leave the club; Ten Hag has no idea when Ronaldo will return to training. Still, he claimed that the Portuguese international is an excellent fit for the new campaign. "He is training. I think we all know Ronaldo is a top professional and he will be fit, that is the last concern I have."

Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal during the UEFA Nations league match between Portugal v Czech Republic at the Estadio Jose Alvalade on June 9, 2022. Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images