Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag mentioned Friday that Cristiano Ronaldo by no means advised him he needed to depart Old Trafford.
United parted methods with the Portuguese star after the veteran ahead gave an explosive TV interview through which he mentioned he felt “betrayed” by the membership and had no respect for Ten Hag.
“I believe it was fairly clear after the interview that he needed to go away. I believe we didn’t have to debate it,” Ten Hag advised the Manchester Evening News: “I needed him to remain from the primary second till now. He needed to depart, it was fairly clear. And when a participant positively doesn’t wish to be on this membership then he has to go, clear.
“The interview I believe, as a membership, you’ll be able to’t settle for. There might be penalties. To make that step he knew the implications. Before he by no means advised me he needed to depart.”
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Ten Hag, talking at United’s winter coaching camp in Spain, claimed the 37-year-old, presently taking part in for Portugal on the World Cup, had even hinted at his need to stay on the membership earlier than the season began.
“Until that second he by no means advised me ‘I wish to go away’,” added the United boss. “In the summer time, we had one discuss. He got here in and mentioned ‘I’ll let you know in seven days if I wish to keep’. Then he got here again and mentioned ‘I wish to keep’. Until that second (the interview), I by no means heard something.”
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The Portugal star made his title in his first spell at Old Trafford, growing from a uncooked however prodigiously gifted teenager into one of many world’s deadliest forwards.
He received three Premier League titles and the Champions League at United however left in 2009 after six years for Real Madrid, the place he turned the membership’s biggest goalscorer, profitable the Champions League 4 extra instances.
Ronaldo spent three years at Juventus from 2018 earlier than a sensational return to Manchester final yr.
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