Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson spotted at Man Utd training for showdown talks

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been spotted arriving at training alongside his agent Jorge Mendes for Manchester United showdown talks.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been drafted in by the Red Devils as they hope to convince the wantaway 37-year-old to remain at Old Trafford. Ronaldo is believed to want to leave United this summer, but new boss Erik ten Hag is hoping to keep hold of the superstar.

Ronaldo wasn't present for United's pre-season tour of Australia, which he missed due to 'family reasons'. And the Portuguese star arrived in Manchester on Monday, where he is now set for talks with the Dutchman and Sir Alex.

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According to The Sun, Ronaldo is set to tell the pair he doesn't want a new deal, and instead wants to leave.

Interest in Ronaldo's services remain from Atletico Madrid and his boyhood side Sporting Lisbon – and the 37-year-old could accept a major pay cut to leave Manchester. It's believed a major factor in his decision to leave revolves around Champions League football.

United failed to secure a Champions League berth last season under Ralf Rangnick.

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Sir Alex was pivotal in Ronaldo rejoining United last summer after forcing his way out of Juventus.

Ronaldo had looked set to join local rivals Manchester City, but a shock 11th hour turn saw the 37-year-old link up with his old side. United asked Sir Alex to call Ronaldo ahead of the move, and the legendary boss simply told his former pupil "don't join City" before hanging up.

He was flattered by the phone call, and instructed instructed Mendes to strike the deal.

However, lighting might not strike twice for the Red Devils and Sir Alex with Ronaldo ready to push for an exit.

Atleti look to be the most likely destination, with the Madrid side even transfer listing Antoine Griezmann to make space in their wage budget for Ronaldo. And the 37-year-old is believed to be keen on a move to the Spanish side.

The move could backlash from Atleti fans, with the hashtag 'AgainstCR7' trending on Twitter.

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