Erik ten Hag says Cristiano Ronaldo won’t stay at Manchester United until at least January if he doesn’t want to.
With Thursday’s transfer deadline looming, Ronaldo’s bid to leave United in search of a Champions League spot is almost fruitless, and he faces another five months in Manchester before the window reopens. may offer a chance to leave.
Asked if he has spoken to Ronaldo, United boss Ten Hag said: “There are a few times, yes. We are on the same page. [He is happy to stay] otherwise he wouldn’t be here. “
United’s imminent capture of Brazilian striker Antony from Ajax for £86m could further limit the available game time for Ronaldo, who has only started one Premier League game this season, but for Ten Hag , spending the summer is a clear signal that Ronaldo’s club ambitions.
“It’s a signal, yes, but all the big Premier League clubs have spent a lot, so that’s the market,” he added. “From the very beginning, we said we had plans with him [Ronaldo]We are happy with him, he is happy to be here and we want to make a successful season together.
“Obviously we’ve strengthened the squad. As a manager you always want more and what I demand from my players I have to show as well. I always want to give the maximum, but at some point you have to be satisfied with what is there.
“Then it’s also about the development of the team, of the individuals, to make the team stronger and more stable, to bring more quality. That’s what we have to work on now, I’m with you. my coaches and companionship with the team.”
As for how Ronaldo fits into Ten Hag’s football philosophy, the Dutchman remains confident the striker’s performances in training have a role in whatever system is in place. in this season.
Ten Hag said: “The way to play, the way to set the requirements, you can see in the training Ronaldo has the ability.
“He will fit because … I don’t need to explain, he is a great player with great ability. He will fit in any system and any style. We are above. a page, and he knows what the need is.”
Once completed, United’s capture of Antony will drive the club’s summer spending to more than £225m following the arrival of Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen at Old Trafford.
Ten Hag insists there is no further pressure on his position after receiving backing in the transfer market from United and insists such spending is necessary to achieve the club’s goals. club.
“All the top clubs in the Premier League have spent a lot of money this summer, that’s how the market evolves,” he said. “There’s nothing I can do about it, nobody can, it’s just the market. We have to accept how it goes.
“If you want to compete at the top, you don’t have a choice. All the Premier League clubs have spent this kind of money. If you want to fight for the top four, you have to do it, and We have ambition, especially in the long term, to play for titles, so I think we have to do that.”
On the additional pressure brought by signings, he added: “No, we were on a page from the first negotiation I had with the club, they also saw the same positions that We definitely have to strengthen.
“I’m glad we analyzed those positions, we analyzed the squad and succeeded in filling those positions with quality players.
“There are more options in some positions. We are really happy with the players we brought in. It feels good, they have football-wise quality but like the people, they fit Manchester United.”
Barca’s Terminator Will Join AC Milan
AC Milan are set to beat their Premier League and La Liga rivals to sign Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest, according to Sky in Italy.
Milan approached Barcelona about the USA international after losing Alessandro Florenzi to a muscle injury that could keep him out for six to eight weeks.
Sky in Italy said the deal would be a one-year loan with an option to buy for £17m plus bonuses.
Sky Sports News previously reported Manchester United are interested in Dest, who previously worked with Erik ten Hag at Ajax.
“For sure, we hope he will be the next star of Ajax.” It was July 2020 and Erik ten Hag, Ajax coach at the time, was presenting Antony, the club’s new £20m signing from Sao Paulo.
Ten Hag added: “We at Ajax always strive to reach the top. “So I expect him to do his best to achieve that level of expectation. The rest, we’ll see in the future.”
Ten Hag was right to expect big things from Antony – the Brazilian, who was just 19 when he agreed to move to Amsterdam, quickly established himself as one of Ajax’s key players – but even he Nor could he have predicted that he might one day take him to Manchester United. also.
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