Those in power at Manchester United are frightened that Cristiano Ronaldo will ask for the remainder of his contract to be paid out in full with a purpose to leave Old Trafford within the January transfer window, based on reports. The 37-year-old recently made a series of explosive claims in a tell-all interview with Piers Morgan as he looks to force a move elsewhere, together with his second spell at United now seemingly all but over.
The Red Devils are considered considering the potential for ripping up Ronaldo’s contract, which is about to run until the tip of the present campaign as things stand, as one among several options of their bid to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. Nonetheless, the club’s hierarchy have a ‘suspicion’ that Ronaldo will only conform to leave in the event that they pay the remaining six months of his lucrative deal price around £560,000 per week, based on The Telegraph.
United are said to be firmly against shelling out the multi-million pound figure that Ronaldo can be expecting to receive, but they’d also wish to avoid escalating the situation by intensifying the spat between themselves and the player in query. There’s a way of relief at United that their next match won’t arrive until mid-December, which should give them loads of time to choose one of the best plan of action.
The club’s decision-makers are yet to make any firm calls on what to do with Ronaldo but released a press release on Monday to acknowledge his recent interview with Morgan, which read: “Manchester United notes the media coverage regarding an interview by Cristiano Ronaldo. The club will consider its response after the complete facts have been established. Our focus stays on preparing for the second half of the season and continuing the momentum, belief and togetherness being built among the many players, manager, staff, and fans.”
It may subsequently be expected for United to attend until Ronaldo’s full interview is aired on Wednesday and Thursday before taking formal motion, although there is claimed to be a general acceptance that he should never represent them again after tarnishing his legacy as one among the club’s biggest ever players. It stays to be seen how the situation will play out over the approaching weeks and months, nevertheless it can be a surprise if Ronaldo has not already played his final game for the Red Devils as a consequence of the character of his conversation with Morgan that was partially released on Sunday.
United have already been warned that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could also be attempting to get himself sacked by former Liverpool defender and Jamie Carragher, who firmly sided with Erik ten Hag when quizzed on the subject by Sky Sports on Monday.
“He desires to be sacked, I believe that is obvious,” said Carragher. “He told the club in the summertime he wanted to depart. I believe he’s disrespected Man United and Erik ten Hag. He wanted to depart in the summertime, which is football, this stuff occur.
“He wanted to depart but there have been no takers, possibly due to his wages, possibly not a price a Manchester United wanted and I believe he knows that is going to be the identical on this next transfer window and possibly the next summer. And I believe he’s now attempting to mainly be sacked or allowed to depart on a free [transfer] by the club because that is the only way he will get out.”
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