Former Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri has urged Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo to join Udinese.

The 37-year-old was intent on leaving the Red Devils during the summer transfer window and joining a Champions League club.

However, agent Jorge Mendes was not able to engineer a move for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and Ronaldo will remain at Old Trafford until January at least.

Being the Champions League’s all-time top scorer and leading appearance maker, United’s number seven was hoping to maintain his healthy lead over long-term rival Lionel Messi.

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But the great Portuguese is instead pitting his wits in the Europa League, and he scored first ever goal in the competition after slotting home a penalty in the 2-0 win against Sheriff Tiraspol, which was the former Juventus man’s 699th club career goal.

Marco Silvestri urges Cristiano Ronaldo to join Udinese

Starting in Moldova meant that Ronaldo started back-to-back games under Ten Hag for the first time.

Having not formed part of United’s pre-season tour with personal reasons cited as the reason for Ronaldo’s absence, the former Ajax manager has constantly stressed that Portugal’s national team captain needed to build up his fitness.

With Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford both being injured, starting Ronaldo has been a relatively easy decision for the Dutchman to make.

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But if Martial and Rashford, or even either, are fit enough to return for the trip to Manchester City on 2 October, Ronaldo may drop back to the bench where he has started the last four Premier League games.

Having returned to Manchester United for the second time last August, Ronaldo’s contract expires in June although the club do have the option of extending his deal by a further 12 months.

Having spent three seasons in Serie A with Juventus, Udinese goalkeeper Silvestri has publicly urged Ronaldo to join him at the Dacia Arena.

Joining his time with the Old Lady, Ronaldo scored three times against Silvestri, when the stopper was at Verona, and played his last game for Juventus against Silvestri’s Udinese before returning to Old Trafford.

Udinese, who finished 12th last season, currently sit third in Serie A, one point off top, with 16 points from seven games and have already beaten AS Roma and Inter Milan this season.

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