Ronaldo’s departure looks more likely after missing out on Man U’s pre-season tour

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s future looks increasingly distant from Manchester United after the 37-year-old Portugal international was not included in the squad for the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.

The striker is currently training alone at the Portuguese national team’s training base after being given extra time off due to a “family issue” and will not be on Friday’s flight to Thailand.

Manchester United will play Liverpool in their first pre-season friendly in Bangkok on July 12, before flying to Melbourne, where they will face Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace.

The team coached by Erik ten Hag will end their visit to Australia with a match against Aston Villa in Perth on July 23, before returning to the UK via Oslo (Norway) where they will face Atletico Madrid on July 30.

Their only match in England ahead of the new season is against Spanish side Rayo Vallecano on July 31, Xinhua reports.

Ronaldo has reportedly asked to leave Old Trafford after just a year of his second spell there because he wants to play Champions League football next season.

Although official Manchester United sources say he is still under contract, the club are said to be willing to listen to offers, with any money from a sale being used to rebuild the squad.

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