Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, will give Cristiano Ronaldo a chance to rejoin the team this week if he accepts a smaller role in the group and shows “remorse” for last week’s antics.
In United’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham on Wednesday, Ronaldo resisted being used as a substitute and instead stormed out of the tunnel while the game was still in progress.
The 37-year-old was consequently dropped from the squad for Saturday’s game against Chelsea and barred from participating in first-team practice.
Ronaldo will still have a part to play this season, according to Erik ten Hag, who has given his team Monday off before their Europa League match against FC Sheriff on Thursday.
The United manager wants to hear the former Real Madrid player’s perspective on what has happened over the past five days, according to The Athletic.
According to the article, Ten Hag will permit the veteran to return to first-team training if he “accepts flexibility over his selection and expresses contrition” for his actions from last week.
However, ten Hag will permit Ronaldo to look for work elsewhere in January if he continues to press for leaving the team despite his reduced role in the lineup.
With teams like Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, and Paris Saint-Germain declining the chance to sign the Portugal international, Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes attempted to do just that in the summer.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s childhood club Sporting CP, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, and other clubs were also contacted, but all of them had serious worries about the cost of signing him.
Ronaldo’s contract is rumored to have been amicably terminated, and United is reportedly willing to let him leave on a free transfer in the new year.
Ten Hag responded that Ronaldo is always capable of scoring a goal when asked if United missed him during Saturday’s 1-1 tie with Chelsea. It is obvious that we need him and that he is vital to us. In this game, he believes that everyone can see that he can win, which is very evident.