Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be determined to leave Old Trafford this summer despite Erik ten Hag's request to the striker to remain at the club.

Newly appointed manager Ten Hag reportedly tried to persuade the five-time Ballon d'Or winner to reconsider his decision after presenting Manchester United's project to the Portugal international. However, United's failure to participate in the Champions League remains a setback. With one year to go for his contract to end, the legendary forward previously revealed his desire to exit Old Trafford as he hopes to play in the Champions League.

According to reports, Man Utd have declined Ronaldo's request to be released from his contract, and the club have allowed his representatives to explore potential options for a move.

Several top-profile European clubs have been linked to Ronaldo's transfer, including Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich. However, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo immediately quashed the rumors, calling such a move "practically impossible." Sources told ESPN that Chelsea had ruled themselves out of the options. While Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn also said the club is not interested, as Ronaldo would not "fit with our philosophy."

Meanwhile, Ronaldo, who scored 18 goals in 30 Premier League games last season and was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the Premier League, has said he would resume training with his United teammates at Carrington until a permanent solution on his future at the club is decided.

According to the Spanish journalist Manu Sainz, who is said to be close to Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo had been present at Carrington and had a discussion with other teammates about matters, including training together. Ronaldo would continue training "with total professionalism" for as long as he is still a United player. Sainz also shared that Ronaldo's teammates gave him a warm welcome back to the training ground and provided details surrounding their tour of Thailand and Australia.

Ronaldo was absent from United's pre-season tour in Thailand and Australia due to family reasons; he was permitted for leaves for the first three weeks of pre-season training. Meanwhile, United will start their Premier League campaign against Brighton on Aug. 7.

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

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