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Jorge Mendes 'still working to secure Manchester United exit for Cristiano Ronaldo'

Mendes 'still working to secure Man United exit for Ronaldo'
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Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes continues to work on an exit plan for the Manchester United attacker, according to a report.

Jorge Mendes is reportedly still "working on solutions" for Cristiano Ronaldo, as the super agent attempts to secure an exit for the Manchester United attacker before the end of the transfer window.

Ronaldo has allegedly told the Red Devils that he wants to leave the club during this summer's market, but there are currently a lack of suitors for the forward.

Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are all believed to have rejected the chance to sign the Portugal international this summer, but there is thought to be growing interest from Atletico Madrid.

Sporting Lisbon have also been credited with an interest in their former player, but Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has insisted that "there is nothing going on" regarding a return to the Portuguese club.

Romano has said that Ronaldo's agent Mendes is still "working on solutions", with Atletico, Bayern and Chelsea being "approached" over a possible move for the 37-year-old.

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Manchester United in February 2022© Reuters

"There is nothing going on with Sporting - this story was a fake news. The situation has remained essentially the same for the last 20 days: Cristiano wants to leave, Erik ten Hag waits to have a conversation with him to try to change his mind." Romano wrote in his column for Caught Offside.

"Manchester United are waiting for answers from Cristiano to understand when he can return to training, but Jorge Mendes keeps working on solutions: Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea have been approached but there are no evolutions yet."

A recent report claimed that Man United would be prepared to let Ronaldo leave on loan for the 2022-23 campaign providing that he signed an extension until 2024 before departing.

However, Red Devils boss Ten Hag continues to insist that the Portuguese will be at the club next term despite the fact that he has not been involved in their pre-season preparations.

Ronaldo scored 24 goals and registered three assists in 37 appearances for Man United last season, but the club will not be in the Champions League next term due to their sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo applauds fans after the match, January 3, 2022© Reuters

"We are planning for Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that's it," Ten Hag told recently reporters. "I'm looking forward to working with him. I have read [that he wants to leave], but what I say is Cristiano is not for sale, he is in our plans and we want success together.

"I spoke with him before this issue came up, I had a conversation with him and I had a good talk. That is between Cristiano and me. What I can confirm is we had a really good conversation together."

Ronaldo did not travel with the Red Devils squad on their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to a personal issue, but he has still not reported to the team's Carrington training complex, with the club unsure when he might be available for selection.

The 20-time English champions will take on Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano in their final two pre-season friendlies next weekend before beginning their 2022-23 Premier League campaign at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on August 7.

During Man United's friendly with Aston Villa on Saturday, which finished 2-2, Ronaldo posted an image on his official Twitter account of him working out in the gym, as he keeps himself in shape ahead of the new season.

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