Bangkok, Jul 11 (EFE).- Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag on Monday said he is counting on Cristiano Ronaldo for the coming season, after the Portuguese star striker reportedly told the Premier League club he wants to leave this summer.
United are in Thailand as part of their pre-season tour, but Ronaldo has not joined the team.
“He is not with us, and it is due to personal reasons,” the Dutchman told a press conference in Bangkok ahead of a friendly against Liverpool. “We are planning with Cristiano Ronaldo for this season.”
Ten Hag, who took over from Ralf Rangnick in June after a disappointing season, said: “I had a good conversation with him and I had a really good talk,” without providing more details.
“I’m looking forward to working with him,” he said. “Cristiano is in our plans and we want to get success together”.
The 37-year-old, who holds the records for most appearances, goals, and assists in the Champions League, has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford as the Red Devils will only be vying for the Europa League next season.
United have insisted that the player, who has one year left on his contract, is not for sale. EFE