Man Utd: £27m star 'not guaranteed' to be at Old Trafford

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Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is “very likely” to still be at Old Trafford at the start of next season, according to journalist Dean Jones.

Ronaldo only returned to the Premier League club last August, but there have already been reports that he may want to move elsewhere.

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The Portuguese icon’s first season back at United did not go to plan at all as the side finished outside the top four, meaning they will be playing in the Europa League next term.

Having won the Champions League on five occasions in his career, Ronaldo is likely to have been bitterly disappointed with how United’s season panned out.

Italian outlet La Repubblica recently reported that the 37-year-old, who is now valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, is keen to leave United this summer, and they claimed that Roma are dreaming of tempting him to the Stadio Olimpico, in a move that would see Ronaldo reunited with Jose Mourinho.

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What has Jones said about Ronaldo potentially leaving United?

Jones has hinted that Ronaldo could be happy to see this report come out so that he can see which clubs are interested in signing him.

However, he still expects the attacker to be part of United’s squad for the 2022/23 season.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “The only reason I can see that link might have come out, maybe there are people around Ronaldo trying to put the feelers out to discover what else might be out there. I don’t think you can 100% guarantee that Ronaldo is at United at the start of next season, but I think it’s very likely.”

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Will Ronaldo still be at United next season?

With Edinson Cavani leaving Old Trafford at the end of the month when his contract expires, Ronaldo is the only established No. 9 at United right now, although Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial can play in this position or on the wing.

Jamie Carragher has still urged Erik ten Hag to sell Ronaldo as he feels he is not the right fit for the current United team, but the Dutchman seemed to want the veteran forward to stay when he spoke about him in his opening press conference last month.

It could all depend on whether any Champions League clubs show an interest in signing him between now and the end of the transfer window.

Now into the twilight of his career, Ronaldo will not be happy about missing out on club football’s elite European competition, so if he is handed the opportunity to go to a club that is in the Champions League, he may be tempted to take it.

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