Manchester United Reportedly Searching For Ways To Release Cristiano Ronaldo

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Jun 30, 2018; Sochi, Russia; Portugal player Cristiano Ronaldo (7) controls the ball against Uruguay players Cristhian Stuani (11) and Matias Vecino (15) in the round of 16 during the FIFA World Cup 2018 at Fihst Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Leonel de Castro/Global Images/Sipa USA via USA TODAY Sports

Manchester United is reportedly looking to release Cristiano Ronaldo from his contract with the team following the player’s controversial interview with TalkTV. Ronaldo was reportedly extremely critical of both the team and its manager Eric ten Hag. The star player allegedly stated that he has no respect for Hag, and accused fellow Manchester United teammates of trying to ostracize him from the team.

According to some key quotes written down by Sky Sports, Ronaldo allegedly said he feels betrayed by Manchester United and prefers for Arsenal to win the Premier League. The player also said he would like to continue playing until he reaches 40, according to the news outlet. Ronaldo is currently 37-years-old. United wants to complete the process of Ronaldo’s removal as cleanly and efficiently as possible, officials say.

After a further in depth look into the forward’s contract, his current terms are due to expire in August 2023 — assuming that the extra year of his two-year deal is not agreed to. If Ronaldo has been deemed to have breached his contract, the club could terminate his deal. Saudi Arabia reportedly made a trade offer this past Summer, but Ronaldo did not sign off on the idea.

Gary Neville of Sky Sports believes there is no longer a way back to the team for Ronaldo, and that being released is the only option. However, Neville laments about how the situation ended up playing out.

“Sad that it’s come to a point where arguably United’s greatest ever talent is likely to be sacked. It didn’t need to be like this. A mature conversation a few weeks ago between ‘both parties’ could have secured a smooth exit.”

Neville also mentioned, “He wouldn’t have done this interview if he wanted a way back. He knew it would bring the headlines it has and be the end of his Manchester United career. I’m wondering what Man Utd are doing because the reality of it is they know they have to terminate Cristiano’s contract or they basically open up a precedent so any player can criticise them in the future.”

Sky Sports has more HERE.

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