Cristiano Ronaldo has indicated he will feature in Manchester United’s friendly with Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford on Sunday amid ongoing speculation over his future with the English giants.
The 37-year-old Portuguese forward wants to leave the team he rejoined last year, according to reports. He missed the club’s preseason tour to Thailand and Australia due to personal obligations.
The United team that traveled to Oslo on Saturday to play Atletico Madrid did not include Ronaldo.
However, he hinted on Instagram that he might play Rayo Vallecano, another La Liga team.
Ronaldo responded Friday to a comment made by a fan page about him missing the game in Norway by writing: “Domingo o rei joga,” which means “Sunday the king plays.”
Players not included in the 21-man traveling squad for the Atletico encounter, which includes new additions, have been announced by the United team. Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez “will play in Sunday’s match against Rayo Vallecano, while others are I’ll or injured”
Erik ten Hag, the new United manager, insisted earlier this month that Ronaldo was “not for sale”.
“We are planning for Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that’s it and I’m looking forward to working with him,” he said.
“I have read it, but what I say is Cristiano is not for sale, he is in our plans and we want success together.”
The former Real Madrid and Juventus player finished as United’s top-scorer last season with 24 goals.
But the campaign as a whole was a huge disappointment for the club, with a sixth-place finish in the Premier League meaning they missed out on qualification for the Champions League.
United start their Premier League campaign at home to Brighton on August 7.