The news that was broken in the beginning timesUnited’s preparations for next season could be derailed under new coach Erik ten Hag.
Romano claims that he verified the “shocking” story after speaking with “several sources close to Cristiano, his agent Jorge Mendes closed and close to Cristiano’s family”.
“The truth is that Cristiano wants to leave Manchester United,” Romano said. “Jorge Mendes has been clear, they want to try to find a solution this summer.”
United have yet to seal a big deal in the summer transfer window, and Romano says the club’s inactivity in the market has “disappointed” Ronaldo, who sees this as a lack of “ambition”.
“He is really disappointed with the general situation of Manchester United [but] in the market in particular,” Romano said.
“I was told that Cristiano appreciates Erik ten Hag, he is convinced he is a very good coach, the right man to restart this project. But he can’t just be the manager, he is required of the club, the board and the owners – a really strong message and statement in the market. They need to contract. with the players.
Romano added: “I love the coach, I love the club but I don’t feel ambitious. This is Cristiano’s message.”
Later in the video, Romano claimed that Ronaldo feels United need “six or seven” major deals.
Romano added: “Cristiano is really happy with some of the players in the squad. But he is convinced that some signings are needed – six and seven important players are needed at Manchester United.”
Romano says Mendes is “currently working with several clubs” to find a solution for Ronaldo this summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo has told Manchester United that he wants to leave this summer because he wants to see more ambition. Man United are still hoping to keep CR7, but are aware of the decision. ??? # ronaldo
Cristiano has no agreement with any other club. Mendes explored options for weeks and will continue. pic.twitter.com/VRji13zrz0
– Fabrizio Romano 2 July 2022
Had a discussion with [Bayern Munich’s director of football, Hasan] Salihamidzic But Bayern have publicly confirmed that they have no intention of signing Cristiano,” said Romano.
Romano added that he had “no confirmation” on whether any Italian clubs would be willing to make a bid for Ronaldo, while apparently ruling out a move for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to Chelsea in the Premier League.
It’s true that Mendes met him [Chelsea owner] Boelli would like to discuss Cristiano but remember that Chelsea will only sign players wanted by Thomas Tuchel,” added Romano.
“Todd Boyle will give the full power of Thomas Tuchel. At the moment, Chelsea are busy with many other players, not with Cristiano.”
Romano added that Ronaldo’s joining of rival Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain is also unlikely.
Romano said: “Paris Saint-Germain will not sign Cristiano. As of today, this is their position. But as we know in the market, anything can happen.”
Manchester United have reportedly insisted that Ronaldo is not for sale this summer.
Romano says the Portugal captain has yet to receive a concrete offer from any other club and could stay at Old Trafford.
“Cristiano does not have an agreement with any club until today,” Romano added.
“So Cristiano will not fight with Manchester United because he has an offer, a suitable offer and he wants to leave immediately. He wants to send a message, he wants to see ambition. And he wants to go if he finds a proposal.
“But at the moment he does not have an agreement with any clubs.”