Cristiano Ronaldo insists his Manchester United exit was MUTUAL in brief 57-word statement – and says his ‘LOVE’ for the club and the fans will ‘never ever change’ despite shock interview
- Manchester United revealed Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club on Tuesday night
- And Ronaldo has spoken out with a statement of his own in response to the news
- The Portuguese claimed his departure from the Old Trafford club was mutual
- It was revealed Ronaldo kissed goodbye to £16million in compensation money
- Ronaldo also insisted his love for United and the fans will ‘never ever change’
- LIVE: All the latest reaction as the Red Devils part company with the forward, 37
- Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results
Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed his sudden Manchester United departure was mutual in a cursory 57-word statement.
The veteran forward’s exit was confirmed on Tuesday evening, shortly after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan blasting the club, manager Erik ten Hag and his own team-mates.
And 37-year-old veteran Ronaldo insisted his love for United and the fans will ‘never ever change’ despite the acrimonious nature of their separation – which sees him kiss goodbye to £16million in wages as he receives no compensation.
The statement read: ‘Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.
‘I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels the right time for me to seek a new challenge.
‘I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.’
Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed his Manchester United exit was mutual in a 57-word statement
United announced the star’s departure, effective immediately, suddenly on Tuesday evening
Ronaldo criticised the club in a two-part bombshell interview with Piers Morgan last week
Sportsmail can reveal that United have not paid any compensation for the remaining seven months of his £500,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford.
United’s lawyers have been looking to tear it up since Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan aired in two parts last week.
A terse 68-word statement released on Tuesday evening read: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.
‘The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.
‘Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.’
Ronaldo criticised Erik ten Hag and the Glazer family as well as saying he was ‘betrayed’
Ronaldo (right) has had a fractured relationship with Ten Hag since the Dutchman’s arrival
Ronaldo’s position at the club became untenable after the bombshell interview and the club took just four days to show him the door.
However, the club were reluctant to become embroiled in an unseemly court battle with one of their greatest ever players.
The Glazers, chief executive Richard Arnold, football director John Murtough and Ten Hag decided that Ronaldo has burnt his bridges at Old Trafford and there is no way back for him at the club.
Portugal’s World Cup campaign kicks off on Thursday evening against Ghana in Group H
Ronaldo (left) dropped his interview before jetting off to World Cup duties with Portugal
They rejected the idea of more disciplinary action after Ronaldo was dropped and made to train on his own last month for walking out during the win over Tottenham having refusing to come on as a substitute.
Ronaldo’s team-mates also expected him to leave with the mood towards him described as ‘ambivalent’. It was made clear he would not have not been welcome back at Old Trafford or the club’s Carrington training base after the World Cup.
Now the matter has been dealt with, Ronaldo can look for a new club as a free agent and United to line up a replacement striker in the January transfer window.
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