Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told the club that he wants to be allowed to leave amid concerns he will be unable to compete for the biggest trophies at the club.
The Portugal international, 37, made an emotional return to the Red Devils last summer from Italian champions Juventus, inking a two-year deal worth £12million at Old Trafford. But he is now said to be pushing for a move, according to a report in The Times.
Ronaldo is said to want the club to let him leave if they receive a satisfactory offer for his services.
The former Real Madrid man's request is driven by his desire to play in the Champions League, which United failed to qualify for last season.
Ronaldo believes he has three or four years left at the highest level and is keen to spend them at a club where he is capable of adding to his glittering collection of trophies and individual honours.
The report adds that sources close to Ronaldo claim that he maintains respect for the club and its supporters, he is pursuing a transfer on both sporting and personal grounds. It is understood Ronaldo and his family have been through a difficult period following the death of his infant son during childbirth in April.
In a report published to The Times, Duncan Castles has reported;
“Cristiano Ronaldo has asked to be allowed to leave #mufc should the Premier League club receive a satisfactory offer in the transfer window.
His decision is driven by a desire to play in the Champions League for the remainder of his career.”
Castles continues to say;
“Cristiano Ronaldo believes he has “three or four years” left at the highest level and would like to spend them at a club where he is capable of adding to his team and individual achievements.”