Cristiano Ronaldo is to miss Manchester United’s pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia, with more question marks hanging over his future at the Premier League giants.
United said on Friday that the 37-year-old forward had been granted additional time off to deal with an unspecified family issue that prevented him from reporting back for practice this week.
The Portugal star has reportedly asked to leave United.
Ronaldo only returned to United last season after 12 years away from Old Trafford but the team finished in sixth place and only qualified for the Europa League rather than the more prestigious Champions League.
The tour will feature games against Liverpool, Melbourne Victory, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa and will be new manager Erik Ten Hag’s first chance to work in depth with the squad.