Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be considering leaving Manchester United, despite only returning to the club last summer.
According to an exclusive report from the Daily Star, the Portugal international is waiting to discover who the next permanent manager will be at Old Trafford before making a definitive decision over where his future lies.
Ronaldo returned to Man United over the summer, signing a contract with the Manchester club until 2023, but apparently already has doubts over how long he will be there.
Ralf Rangnick is currently the interim boss at United, having signed a deal until the end of the season. The German coach is not said to be under consideration to get the job on a full-time basis, but Ronaldo has let it be known that he would not support the interim boss being handed the role permanently.
The likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers have all been touted as possible successors for Rangnick when his short-term contract expires and he instead takes on a two-year consultancy role.
The decision from new Man United chief executive officer, Richard Arnold, could indeed have a huge bearing on the future of Ronaldo in Manchester.
With someone of Ronaldo’s calibre and reputation potentially being available at the end of the season, this is bound to alert the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is clearly someone who has great respect for Ronaldo, with the German coach lauding the Man United star back in September.
Tuchel said: “He is one of the greatest to ever play. He proves it every time he is on the field, now in the Premier League and the Champions League. They (Juventus) lost a big champion and personality.”
Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in all competitions for Man United since making the sensational return at the end of the summer transfer window.