Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes there is a "100 per cent chance" Cristiano Ronaldo will be at Old Trafford when Erik ten Hag arrives.
The Portuguese ace’s future has been one of the biggest uncertainties ahead of the former Ajax boss' United reign. Despite contributing 18 goals and three assists in the Premier League this season, United's lack of Champions League football next season has led many to believe he could be looking to depart the club in the summer.
Recent images of Ronaldo appearing to model United's new home shirt for next season, connote a future with the former Real Madrid and Juventus ace in United red. And Ferdinand believes the 37-year-old will definitely remain with the club, despite the fact they will not finish in the top four this season.
"100 per cent. 100 per cent I think Cristiano will be at Manchester United," a confident Ferdinand stressed on the Vibe with Five podcast. "I've said it before, I think his legacy, leaving here, will change from what he expected it to be.
"And he’ll be looking to do other things and leave a long-standing imprint beyond his playing days here. I think that's in terms of influence on other young players and helping set the culture.
"The manager will help set that and I think he will want it implemented by particular players and Ronaldo will be one of them for obvious reasons." While the state of Ronaldo's whereabouts next season remains unclear, the signs are seemingly pointing to him remaining at the club.
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And a recent interview he did with United’s official website suggests he is optimistic about the prospect of Ten Hag taking over the reins from interim manager Ralf Rangnick. "Things must change the way he wants," Ronaldo said to United’s official website.
"If you do well, all of Manchester United will succeed, so I wish you all the best. We are all happy and excited [with the arrival], not only as players but as fans as well.
"We have to believe that next year we can win titles."
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