Manchester United boss, Erik Ten Hag, says he is happy to have Cristiano Ronaldo on the Manchester United team. He also added that he is looking forward to continue working with the striker in the coming season.
At the pre-match conference for Sunday’s Premier League opener against Brighton & Hove Albion, Ten Hag was asked about the 37-year-old player’s status with the team. Many of the questions from the press centered on the speculation that the striker was eager to be traded away.
Ten Hag set the record straight on the matter.
“Now I have to point [out],” Ten Hag said, “there were many players who left, but the spotlight is on Cristiano and that’s not right.
“That is what I said is not correct. So I think, do your research and [report] that many players left.”
“He was part of it but, again, it was a lot of players.”
He maintained that he was pleased to have Ronaldo on board, especially with Anthony Martial out due to an injury.
“How do I feel about starting the season with Ronaldo? I’m really happy,” said Ten Hag.
“I had told you before, we planned with him for the season. We have a top striker and I’m really happy he’s here, he’s in the squad and we stick to the plan.”
Ten Hag then added that he is yet to make the decision if he will have Ronaldo start on the Premier League opener on Sunday.
When asked who will replace Martial, he said, “We will see on Sunday”.
All eyes have been on Ronaldo this summer as there have been speculations that the multiple Ballon d’Or awardee wants to be traded away from the team so he can play in the Champions League this summer. He was even absent from the pre-season tour in Australia.
Ronaldo has a year’s worth of contract with the team and United doesn’t seem keen on letting him go.