Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview took many people victim, as he aimed at his former and current coaches, managers, board members and players. It resulted in his contract being terminated by Manchester United. United boss Erik Ten Hag has spoken out finally.
ETH on Ronaldo’s Exit:
Speaking to UK media in Spain, where Manchester United are holding their training camp while the World Cup takes centre stage, he said: “I wanted him to stay from the first moment until now. He wanted to leave, it was quite clear. And when a player definitely doesn’t want to be in this club then he has to go.”
“The interview was the first time he said he wanted to leave. I think as a club you can’t accept that. There will be consequences. Before he [had] never told me.”
“During the season there was no transfer window, but until that moment he never told me ‘I want to leave’. In the summer we had one talk. He came in and said, ‘I will tell you in seven days if I want to stay’. Then he came back and said, ‘I want to stay’. Until that moment [the interview] I never heard anything.”
“We wanted him to be part of our project, [for] him to contribute to Manchester United, because he is a great player. He has such a great history, but it’s in the past and we have to look into the future.”
Ronaldo will start on the bench once again for Portugal as they face Morocco in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.