Cristiano Ronaldo has been given an indefinite leave by Manchester United, following his transfer exit rumours.
The 37 year-old Portuguese international had reportedly told United last weekend that he wants to leave the club and that they should listen to offers for him.
Ronaldo was not part of the Red Devils squad that took part in pre-season training on Monday, as he was given extra time off due to family reasons but he was spotted at his country’s national training ground in Lisbon.
United are insisting that his absence is genuinely due to personal issues and that he is not for sale.
However, The Telegraph states that it is “unclear” when he will return, and that there is doubt over whether he will fly to Asia and Australia on Friday with the rest of the squad for the club’s pre-season tour.
And they also add that it all “effectively amounts to a case of indefinite leave” for the United star.
The Red Devils are adamant that Ronaldo, who was top scorer with 24 goals last season, will see out the second campaign of his two-year contract.
That was expected to be reinforced to the ex-Real Madrid and Juventus forward when he met Erik ten Hag for face-to-face talks once he returned to Carrington. Now those crunch discussions have been delayed, leaving the new United boss with a major headache just weeks after taking charge.
Ronaldo, who believes he can play at the very top until the age of 40, is keen to perform in the UEFA Champions League – a competition United failed to qualify for, which has led to Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Napoli all being linked with a move for him.
He is also frustrated by the club’s lack of transfer activity this summer – although Tyrell Malacia was seen at Carrington on Monday, as he arrived for his medical.