Transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo 'leaving' Man Utd, Chelsea £51m bid, Arsenal medical

Piers Morgan claims he expected Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Manchester United following conversations between the pair last week.

The Portuguese veteran stayed at home for the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia and there are now doubts as to whether he will play for United this season.

Now Morgan has told talkSPORT that on the basis of their recent chats, he expects Ronaldo to move onto pastures new.

“I have had quite a lot of contact in the last week. I certainly think it’d be highly unlikely if Cristiano Ronaldo plays another game for Manchester United,” Morgan told talkSPORT. “I just think mentally he’s moved on.

“I’m not going to say what we’ve said to each other but like I said from the start I don’t think Cristiano feels Manchester United share his ambitions. I think he feels that the signings they’re making, the commitment they showed last season, where they finished up and a lack of Champions League football…

“If you’re him and coming towards the end of your career and you still want to win major trophies you’ve got to make a calculation. Am I going to do it if I stay at United? I think he feels the club structure from the top down isn’t right. It’s not a reflection on the new manager [Erik ten Hag], he’s got a lot of respect for him, but it’s just an accurate reflection of where United are right now.

“It’s for him to say what he feels but if you’re asking me then I don’t think he’s going to stay at Manchester United. I think he could end up somewhere quite surprising.”

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