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Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United Carrington base for showdown talks with the club hierarchy over his future. Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary former coach who signed the Portuguese for the club initially, is also present.

Cristiano Ronaldo is back at Manchester United’s Carrington training base after missing the club’s entire pre-season tour of Asia and Australia. The Portugal international remained absent for what were termed officially as “personal reasons”. However, reports throughout this period claimed that the 37-year-old forward was angling for a move away from the club, with Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Napoli among those linked.

Failing to secure a transfer to any of the aforementioned teams, Ronaldo has returned to Carrington for showdown talks with the club hierarchy. Alongside him was his agent Jorge Mendes with former head coach and mentor Sir Alex Ferguson following closely.

Despite his continued absence, Manchester United and manager Erik ten Hag have maintained that Ronaldo is not for sale. Although he is yet to feature for the Dutchman this season, he is scheduled to have one-on-one talks with him in the coming days to understand the situation and his desires for the upcoming season.

Quizzed about Ronaldo’s future during his team’s pre-season tour of Australia, Ten Hag remained upbeat over the chances of him turning up next season in the Manchester United kit.

“Concerning is maybe not the right word,” he said. “I focus on the players who are there and they are doing really well. They are in good shape and I have further focus on that and develop that. I cannot wait for [Ronaldo] to come in and then we will integrate him.”

Ronaldo returned to Manchester United last summer after more than a decade away from the club. He finished as his side’s top scorer in his homecoming, scoring 24 goals in 38 games yet failing to lead the Red Devils into the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League draw.

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