Transfer deadline day: How Ronaldo was forced to stay at Man Utd, play Europa League

Cristiano Ronaldo, a forward for Manchester United, will stay with the team through at least January after the summer transfer window closed without a deal being finalized.

The 37-year-old, according to ESPN, was eager to leave Old Trafford this summer.

Ronaldo had been linked to Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, and Napoli, and he was fervently seeking to play in the Champions League.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has one year left on his contract with the option to extend it by an additional year. He entered the game in the 68th minute of United’s 1-0 victory over Leicester City on deadline day.

Following the win at the King Power Stadium, manager Erik ten Hag said: “As we said [he has stayed].

“It is really early in the season. We have a squad, more than 11 starting players and that is what you see now. Players on the bench can play in two to three weeks.”

Ronaldo will now play in the Europa League for the first time in his career.

The Red Devils are in Group E with Real Sociedad, Sheriff Tiraspol and Omonoia.

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