Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted that he will attend Manchester United’s friendly against Vallecano Rey at Old Trafford on Sunday amid speculation over his future with the England giants.
The 37-year-old Portugal forward, who missed the club’s pre-season tours of Thailand and Australia due to personal reasons, is reportedly looking to leave the club he rejoined last year.
Ronaldo was dropped from United’s squad for Saturday’s friendly against Atletico Madrid in Oslo.
But he suggested on Instagram that he would face another La Liga side at Rio Vallecano.
Commenting on a post by a Ronaldo fan page about missing the game in Norway, Ronaldo wrote on Friday: “Domingo o ri joga” which translates as “Sunday the king play”.
United have said players not included in the 21-man itinerary for the Atletico game – a list that includes the new signings of Lysandro Martinez and Christian Eriksson – “will participate in Sunday’s game against Rio Vallecano, while Others are sick or injured.”
United’s new manager Eric ten Haag insisted earlier this month that Ronaldo was “not for sale”.
“We are planning for Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that’s all and I look forward to working with him,” he added.
“I read it, but what I say is Cristiano is not for sale, he is in our plans and we wish success together.”
The former Real Madrid and Juventus player finished as United’s top scorer last season with 24 goals.
But the campaign as a whole was a major disappointment for the club, with a sixth place in the Premier League meaning they missed out on qualification for the Champions League.
United began their Premier League campaign on 7 August at home to Brighton.