Ten Hag insists Ronaldo could stay at Man Utd for the next two seasons; suggests Maguire will start

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Man Utd striker Cristiano Ronaldo claps the supporters Credit: PA Images
Man Utd striker Cristiano Ronaldo claps the supporters Credit: PA Images

Erik ten Hag insists that Cristiano Ronaldo could stay at Man Utd beyond the end of next season as he plans for life with the Portugal international.

Ronaldo has reportedly asked to leave the Red Devils this summer if a ‘satisfactory offer’ is made for his services with the 37-year-old wanting to play Champions League football.

However, there seems to be a lack of clubs seriously interested in his services with an unnamed Saudi Arabian club the only side to make an offer.

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Atletico Madrid have apparently entered the frame in recent days but the financial aspect of a deal already seems a bit tricky.

And it currently seems likely that the Portuguese striker – who is absent from the club’s pre-season tour for ‘family reasons’  – will remain at Man Utd for at least one more season.

When asked how hard it is to accommodate Ronaldo in his team if he’s only staying for one more year, Ten Hag replied: “I am well informed, he also has also an option, eh?”

Asked whether Ronaldo could stay at Man Utd beyond next season, Ten Hag added: “Yes, but to be honest, of course I have signed here for three years, but in football it’s short-term as well. We have to win from the start. So I don’t look that far ahead. I have a strategy, it’s a process, it takes time, but in the end we have to make sure from the outset there is a winning team.”

Ten Hag recently confirmed that Harry Maguire would remain on as Man Utd skipper next season and he admits it’s likely he will be starting a majority of matches this term.

When put to him that a captain normally starts every match, Ten Hag replied: “I think he is. He’s proved it in the past but he also has to prove it in the present time and in the future. He has played how many times? Sixty times for England? He is a career that is really impressive and I expect a lot from him.

“But there is also internal competition and that is what a club like Man United needs. You cannot win with 11 players. We need a squad, especially this season with so many games. We have the Europa League, at the weekend the Premier League and the World Cup. So we need a full squad with high-quality players, not quantity.”

When asked if keeping him as captain could increase Maguire’s confidence, Ten Hag continued: “It can help. I will support him everywhere I can. In the end, he has to do it by himself, and he has the qualities to do it. Once again, he has shown it so often in the past.”

 

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