FOOTBALL: Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United in January

The Barcelona city side has become one of the city's main tourist attractions

The Barcelona city side has become one of the city’s main tourist attractions.

The Por­tuguese leg­end was side­lined in Sun­day’s 6–3 defeat to Man­ches­ter City, but the man­ag­er said he did so “out of respect for his great career”.

The Tele­graph reports that he “hopes to move in Jan­u­ary” after fail­ing to leave this summer.

Ten Hag want­ed to keep the 37-year-old Por­tuguese strik­er at Old Traf­ford as soon as he arrived.

How­ev­er, accord­ing to this report, if there is a con­vinc­ing offer, he is “pos­i­tive to leave”.

The vet­er­an play­er has been side­lined this sea­son after a con­tro­ver­sial run this summer.

Unde­cid­ed Ronal­do returned late to pre-sea­son training.

As a result, he was placed on the bench in the open­ing match against Brighton.

He returned to the start­ing line-up the fol­low­ing week but was humil­i­at­ed along with his team-mates in a 4–0 crush­ing defeat to Brentford.

Ronal­do was then rel­e­gat­ed to the bench as Unit­ed went on to win four con­sec­u­tive top-flight wins.

How­ev­er, despite hav­ing anoth­er chance in the Europa League, the Red Dev­ils lost at home to Real Sociedad and it was a clean slate.

A week lat­er, how­ev­er, the super­star was in top form as he scored a penal­ty against Sher­iff in the same com­pe­ti­tion on 15 Sep­tem­ber, mak­ing it his final game for the club.

Now that sub­sti­tute Antho­ny Mar­tial has returned from injury and scored twice against City, his chances of becom­ing a reg­u­lar again seem even slimmer.

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