Manchester United terminate Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract With Immediate Effect
Manchester United terminate Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract
Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United exploring ways to terminate contract
Manchester United have confirmed they have terminated Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract “with immediate effect”.
This was revealed in a terse statement posted on their social media handles.
“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,” it read.
While United have not put a time frame on the process but it is thought they want Ronaldo’s exit done “cleanly and quickly” and in as dignified a way as possible – not only to minimise distraction at Old Trafford, but also to show respect to Portugal during the World Cup.
United do not want to give Ronaldo a pay-off to leave and given the will of both player and club to part ways, it is hoped a resolution can be reached soon.
It is not an easy process given Ronaldo’s contract is one of the biggest in the history of sport.
Sky Sports News learned this week United do not accept some of the criticisms Ronaldo made in the interview.
Ronaldo criticised the club for a lack of investment in the 13 years since he left Old Trafford. Sources have insisted United have invested in their facilities – notably the training ground, restaurant and swimming pool.
The Portugal forward was also critical of Ten Hag but sources insist Ronaldo was treated with respect by the club and the manager. In news conferences, Ten Hag always maintained Ronaldo had been given time off in pre-season to deal with family matters.
It has been confirmed to Sky Sports News there was an offer from Saudi Arabia in the summer, which United would have accepted but Ronaldo did not want to make the move.
There were no other official offers for the player in the last transfer window.
Sky Sports’ Gary Neville has said there is “no way back” for Ronaldo, but insists he is not against his former team-mate.
Neville, who was himself criticised by Ronaldo during his interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV, told Sky Sports he cannot see the Portugal forward playing for the club again.
agreement. Instead, the club was completely blind-sided, at the start of June he was talking about how happy he was at Old Trafford, how excited he is to work under Erik Ten Hag, that he believes they’re close to winning trophies again.
“And then you fast forward about a week or two and his camp are briefing the media that they’ve held talks with elite clubs that are in the Champions League because Ronaldo wants to extend his legacy in the competition. That caught United off guard and then it set a series of events in which Ronaldo has just looked out for Ronaldo.
“His behavior has been appalling, they feel that he’s disrespected the club, his manager, his teammates, so a resolution is wanted quite quickly there on that front and hopefully can be handled in the best way possible.
“But that all depends now on Ronaldo.”