Man United takes ‘appropriate steps’ after Ronaldo interview

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Manchester United have “started the proper steps” in responding to Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan.

The Premier League club’s legal team is waiting to review the complete footage of Ronaldo’s 90-minute conversation criticizing United manager Erik ten Hag, team-mates and owners.

“Manchester United have initiated the appropriate steps this morning in response to a recent media interview with Cristiano Ronaldo,” the club said on Friday. “We will not comment further until this process has come to an end.”

Ronaldo, 37, is in Qatar for his fifth World Cup appearance with Portugal, but his future at the Old Trafford Trafford looks to be over. The forward position is considered untenable before the full interview airs on Wednesday and Thursday.

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The possible solution is complicated as there is a limited number of clubs who can accept his reported salary of around £500,000 ($590,000) per week, but if he is found to be in breach of contract The possible outcome is the termination of his agreement.

United officials are unaware of any interviews taking place and must wait until they air on TalkTV before they can determine the club’s legal status.

United have also said they want the process to be stopped swiftly.

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Ronaldo’s opinions have increased in the months following Ten. Hag took over at the end of last season.

The United manager has already ruled out the Portugal international from his squad and forced him to train outside the squad when he refused to come on as a substitute for Tottenham.

“I think he didn’t respect (me) the way I deserved,” said Ronaldo. “But it is what it is. Maybe that’s why the game against Tottenham moved away… This is why I said I didn’t respect him because he didn’t respect me.

“This is why we are in that situation. I have to be honest, things didn’t go well because of that. because empathy does not exist.”

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Ronaldo, who failed to move to a Champions League club during the off-season, has paved the way for a potential departure in the January transfer window.

“Maybe it’s good for Manchester. And maybe it’s good for me to get a new chapter,” he said. “Maybe. But I don’t know.

“If I come back, I will be the same Cristiano, but I hope people will stay by my side and let me shine like I did at every club and every year.”

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James Robson is at https://twitter.com/jamesalanrobson



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