Erik ten Hag wants to keep Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United next season as the club rebuilds

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Erik ten Hag has stated his desire for Cristiano Ronaldo to remain at Manchester United, describing the 37-year-old as a “giant.”

Following his farewell game at Ajax on Sunday, the next United manager is expected to arrive in Manchester today to complete his preparations before starting work on July 1. Ralf Rangnick will remain in charge for the final game of the season against Crystal Palace, but Ten Hag will get to know the club and meet with key officials and personnel.

He’ll almost certainly meet Ronaldo for the first time, whom he praised in an interview with De Telegraaf. Ronaldo is a giant because of what he’s already demonstrated, and I believe he’s still very ambitious,” said ten Hag. “Of course, I want to retain him.” He’s been crucial to Manchester United this season and can put up impressive numbers.

The Portuguese striker has scored 24 goals since his return to Old Trafford this season, more than any other player in the squad, but his future has been called into question due to the club’s poor results.

United will finish sixth in the Premier League for the first time this season, with their lowest ever points total. Ronaldo’s deal with Manchester United runs through 2023, although the club has the option to extend it for another year.

Romano revealed that the 37-year-old ace does not have a problem with the club signing a new striker and is aware of the Red Devils’ plans. The football journalist also said that the forward was looking to have an honest and direct conversation with the new boss, to know how much ten Hag trusts him.

He is expected to stay at United for at least another season, and he told United’s official website last week that he was looking forward to working under ten Hag.

“What I know about him is that he did an excellent job with Ajax and that he’s a seasoned coach,” Ronaldo stated. However, we must provide him with time. Things must change in his favor. Of course, I hope we succeed, because if you succeed, Manchester will succeed as well. ‘I wish him the best of luck. ‘Not only as players but also as supporters, we are ecstatic.  I wish him the best of luck, and let us hope that we will win trophies next year. ‘

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