'No way back': TalkSPORT pundit says 'unhappy' player will surely leave after being linked with Chelsea

TalkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist has claimed there is no way Cristiano Ronaldo can stay at Manchester United following his desire to leave this summer.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has made it clear that he wants to leave Old Trafford this summer, in a quest to join a club competing in the Champions League.

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This intrigued Chelsea owner Todd Boehly about the potential of bringing the household name to Stamford Bridge as a marquee signing to announce his intentions with his new club.

While reports suggest the deal appeals to the American more than it does to manager Thomas Tuchel, the Blues may be encouraged to table an offer given Ronaldo’s insistence to leave this summer.

No way back for Ronaldo at United

The Portugal international’s status could well have pushed his future at United out the window, with McCoist claiming it is unlikely he can remain at the club under Erik ten Hag.

He said: “He doesn’t want to be there, does he? The fact of the matter is, you don’t keep a player that’s not happy and could pose you one or two problems in the dressing room.

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“I can’t see it. I mean he’s more or less said he wants to get away and once you do that, nine times out of ten there’s no way back.”

It has been widely speculated that Chelsea have highlighted other targets as their priorities this summer, with Thomas Tuchel outlining Raheem Sterling and Raphinha as his most desireable attackers.

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However, with the Brazilian expected to join Barcelona, combined with the obvious lack of a top-class number nine at the club, there could be interest in a short-term deal for Ronaldo, especially as the club look to solve the Romelu Lukaku debacle during his loan to Inter Milan.

It is impossible to look past Ronaldo’s goal threat, even in last season’s dire United team, and not wonder just how many goals he could score with the service of Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.