He’s still OUR poster boy! Man United show off wantaway Cristiano Ronaldo as main man on their kit reveal – but hold back a special advert – as he skips their flight to Thailand and Chelsea eye a move
- Manchester United have officially released their kit for the 2022-2023 campaign
- The Red Devils have used Cristiano Ronaldo as their poster boy for the big reveal
- Ronaldo was pictured wearing the new kit despite the speculation over his future
- Chelsea and Napoli are among the clubs interested in the 37-year-old striker
Manchester United have released their home kit for the 2022-2023 campaign and used Cristiano Ronaldo as one of their poster boys despite uncertainty surrounding his future at the club.
The 37-year-old striker was seen pictured wearing United’s new red and white collared shirt as the club showcased their faithful kit to the Old Trafford.
However, a special advert featuring Ronaldo is being held in reserve until the club gain clarity on his future after the Portugal international told the Red Devils he wanted to leave this summer should they receive a suitable offer for him.
Manchester United have released their kit for the 2022-2023 campaign and used Cristiano Ronaldo as one of their poster boys (above)
United have released their new strip for the 2022-2023 season on their website – with the ‘authentic home shirt’, the one worn by players, retailing at £100. The traditional replica shirt is available for £70.
Next season’s shirt features United’s traditional red and white colors and draws reference to the strip the Red Devils wore in the 1990s.
The white collar, angled badge and vertical stitching gives the shirt a retro feel. The club’s sponsors and partners will be visible on both the sleeve and the front of the club’s home, away and third kits.
The 37-year-old striker has been seen pictured in United’s new red and white collared shirt as the club showcased their new kit to the Old Trafford faithful
Ronaldo has been pictured wearing the new strip despite the controversy surrounding his future at Old Trafford.
But the Red Devils have refrained from releasing a special advert they shot in the build-up to Friday’s shirt reveal as it is focuses on the wantaway Portugal international.
Ronaldo was reportedly filmed alongside Eric Cantona and David Beckham in a special clip that looked to use the club’s three iconic No 7s to reveal the 2022-2023 strip – according to The Athletic.
Next season’s shirt features United’s traditional red and white colors and draws reference to the strip the Red Devils wore in the 1990s
However, they have withheld the video as Ronaldo told United he wanted to leave the club this summer to join a side in the Champions League.
Ronaldo was due to report back for pre-season training on Monday but has been given compassionate leave by United for a family-related issue.
The player has so far missed four days of training and is not flying out with the team on their pre-season tour to Bangkok on Friday. The club still don’t know if Ronaldo will be able to join the four-game, 16-day trip at a later date.
A club spokesperson confirmed: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo will not be part of the Manchester United party scheduled to depart for our pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia on Friday.
Ronaldo has missed four days of training so far and is not flying out on the club’s pre-season tour
Ronaldo’s future has provided an immediate early problem for new boss Erik ten Hag
‘He has been granted additional time off to deal with a family issue. Cristiano remains under contract with Manchester United for another season and is not for sale.’
Ronaldo is said to be unhappy over suggestions he has refused to turn up to training, considering he had the club’s permission to stay in Lisbon with partner Georgina Rodriguez and his children.
Nevertheless, Ronaldo’s continued absence is bound to fuel speculation over his future after he told United he wanted to leave and his agent Jorge Mendes held talks with several clubs.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is keen on the prospect of signing Ronaldo this summer
Chelsea and Napoli are said to be two of the European giants interested in signing Ronaldo this summer. However, it will be hard for either club to match his £500,000-a-week wages.
New boss Erik ten Hag will also be reluctant to let the 37-year-old striker leave as he is looking to bolster his squad ahead of the 2022-2023 campaign.
The Dutchman finally secured his first signing as manager as left-back Tyrell Malacia arrived in a £14.6 million deal from Feyenoord earlier this week.
Ten Hag is also in the process of negotiating a deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong. However, progress appears to be stalling.