David Beckham is hopeful Cristiano Ronaldo will remain at Manchester United beyond the current season.
The former Red Devils midfielder believes the Portuguese international is an ‘important’ fixture in the future of the club and is continuing to prove his worth despite being 37.
Ronaldo is United’s top scorer this campaign with 24 goals in all competitions, including 18 in the Premier League.
The Red Devils will finish the season with their lowest points in Premier League history, but Beckham is hopeful Ronaldo will play part in incoming manager Erik ten Hag’s future plans.
Speaking to Sky Sport, Beckham said: “Obviously Cristiano is one of the best players over the last 15 years with Lio [Lionel Messi]. To see him stay on, hopefully staying on at United, is important for the fans.
"I think it’s important to him, we all know how much Man Utd means to him and he’s still doing what he does best - scoring goals and creating.
"That’s what Cristiano does and even at his age, to be doing what he’s doing, is really incredible so hopefully it continues and hopefully he stays for another year or two."
Ronaldo rejoined United on a two-year deal last summer from Juventus for an initial £12.9m, but is one of several names linked with a move away from Old Trafford at the end of the campaign.
Despite the poor performances from the Red Devils this season, it hasn’t been all doom and gloom for the 37-year-old, with him netting his 100th Premier League goal against Arsenal on April 23.
In addition to this achievement, Ronaldo also became football’s all-time leading goal scorer in competitive matches this campaign, breaking Josef Bican’s record of 805 goals.
It seems his team’s underwhelming display this season won’t see him depart Old Trafford this summer, with The Sun claiming Ronaldo will stay at the club if he is wanted.
“Ronaldo told the players he’s not going anywhere unless the club say they don’t want him,” the tabloid’s insider said.
"No one is more disappointed than him about how the season has panned out.But he doesn’t want to leave on a low and wants to help get the club back into the Champions League and try and win a trophy next year.
“However, he has told them if the new boss wants to go in a different direction, then he will have no hard feelings and has no regrets about coming back to Old Trafford.”