According to reports, incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has decided to keep Cristiano Ronaldo in his plans for next season.
After signing a three-year contract in April, the Dutchman was named United’s new permanent manager for next season, with the possibility of a fourth year in charge.
Ten Hag will inherit a huge squad overhaul at Old Trafford, with current interim manager Ralf Rangnick stating in recent weeks that the squad requires major overhauling.
With several first-team players poised to leave when their contracts expire in June, Ronaldo’s future remains uncertain. He has 12 months left on his two-year contract inked when he returned to the club from Juventus last summer.
Despite reservations about Ronaldo’s ability to adapt to Ten Hag’s style of play, the current Ajax boss sees the Portuguese attacker as an important part of his plans, according to The Telegraph.
Although the 52-year-old is wary about Ronaldo’s physical limits at his age, the report claims that he wants to construct his new team around the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
However, it is also stated that Ronaldo would have to accept that he would not be needed to play in every match under Ten Hag, with the Dutchman insisting on rotation.
The former Real Madrid and Juventus striker has 18 Premier League goals in 29 league games for United this season, the most recent coming from the penalty spot in Monday’s 3-0 win against Brentford at Old Trafford.
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