Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag is reportedly open to triggering Cristiano Ronaldo's contract extension clause.The Cristiano Ronaldo transfer saga has caught the attention of many parties, and Manchester United is predicted to keep CR7 who did not manage to get fans.Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag is even considering asking the Red Devils to trigger an extension clause in Ronaldo's contract, as quoted by the Daily Telegraph.
The Portugal international initially joined the club last summer on a two-year contract until 2023, but if United trigger the extension clause, Ronaldo could be contractually tied to the club until 2024, perhaps not only increasing Manchester United's chances of keeping the striker but also driving up a higher price.
After a season full of disappointments, confidence is low within the Manchester United camp.After the Red Devils lost their top four finish, it didn't take long for Ronaldo to reportedly submit a transfer request.
The forward then missed the club's pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia on personal terms.But despite Ronaldo's reluctance to continue at Manchester United, new coach Erik ten Hag is determined to keep him.
The Dutchman even wants to build his team around the Portugal international next season while hinting at his desire to extend Ronaldo's contract. “Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale. I'm planning with him, and I'm looking forward to working with him," said ten Hag when asked about the former Real Madrid superstar.
Will Ronaldo Leave the Red Devils?
“The situation is still the same. I got good information. He also has options for another season. “Ronaldo can last more than this season? Yes," added the Manchester United coach.
Ten Hag's comments were enough to show the Dutchman's desire to have Ronaldo next season, especially at a time when Manchester United have parted ways with Edinson Cavani while missing out on targets like Darwin Nunez.
Therefore, it is very important for the club to keep Ronaldo.
The veteran forward was the club's top scorer last season, scoring 24 goals in all competitions.
His ability in front of goal could be critical for Manchester United once again next season, as they look to compete for the Premier League title.
The Red Devils hope the addition of Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez can convince Ronaldo to stay for at least another season.
Manchester United are also expected to pursue one more forward in a bid to minimize Cavani's exit blow.