By Noel Whelan

4th Jul, 2022 | 3:43pm

Pundit: This may be real reason Cristiano Ronaldo wants to quit Man United after source's reveal

Noel Whelan has suggested a desire to play in the Champions League could prompt a move away from Man United for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United striker said a frustrating season with the Red Devils could prompt a move for the 37-year-old.

Football Insider revealed on Sunday that Porto are lining up a move for Ronaldo as they look to lure him back to his homeland this summer.

The Portugal international has concerns about remaining at Man United with a year left on his contract.

When asked for his assessment of the latest, Noel Whelan told Football Insider: “This will be the first season Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t played in the Champions League.

I’m pretty sure he thought in his mind that when he went to Manchester United last season, and signed for them, that they would make the top four.

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It’s not been a great season for Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s been frustrating for him. He didn’t enjoy the role that he played at times but still finished top scorer.

Players like Ronaldo are marquee players, they are marquee signings, marquee names and not only do they bring something special to the football pitch, they bring a marketing tool with them which earns the football club a lot of money in shirt sales so there’s many reasons why you can see Chelsea wanting Cristiano Ronaldo at their club.

Maybe, after last season, Ronaldo might want a move to a club that’s playing in the Champions League because that’s his tournament, that’s where he shines a lot.

In other news, Man United backed to sign 10 players as near-£60million deal agreed – Agbonlahor.