Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of the Manchester United squad as the Premier League club battle Spanish side, Athletico Madrid in Oslo, Norway.
Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer as he has told the club he wants to leave and Athletico Madrid have been rumoured as a possible destination, despite the Spanish side’s president insisting that they will not sign him.
Ronaldo has told United officials of his desire to make a move this summer following failure to qualify for the Champions League.
The 37-year-old has been absent throughout United’s pre-season preparations as the club have given him time off because of a family issue.
The former Real Madrid star returned to United’s training ground with his agent, Jorge Mendes, this week to hold talks with about his situation.
However, United have maintained that they will not let Ronaldo leave this summer and Ten Hag even hinted that he could end up extending his stay.
“Yes (he could stay beyond this season), 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,” he said.
While Ronaldo is still out of the team, United boss Ten Hag has included his new signings in the team for the friendly against the Madrid team.
Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia will all travel to Oslo.