Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that Manchester United chiefs didn’t believe him when he told them his newborn daughter was sick in the summer. The 37-year-old explained to Piers Morgan why he was absent from pre-season in his explosive interview.
Ronaldo missed the start of Erik ten Hag’s reign amid his desire to leave United, but reports clarified that his absence was due to him staying with his family while his newborn daughter was sick. And he has now revealed that he felt United’s higher-ups doubted he was being truthful, admitting it ‘hurt’ him.
He said: “I spoke with the directive and president of Manchester United. They kind of did not believe that there was something going wrong, which made me feel bad. They believed, but in the same way, I’m never going to change the health of my family for football. Never. Now, or ten years ago or forward.
“It’s something that really hurt me because they doubted my word and that I struggled, especially Belle and Jill. I didn’t go to pre-season because of that, because I wouldn’t let anything happen to my family for pre-season. I don’t think that’s fair, and that’s why I didn’t go.”
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According to The Telegraph, there is an acceptance at United that Ronaldo should never play for the club again after his shocking interview. And the Red Devils will consider ripping up his contract in the January transfer window if they can avoid a hefty pay-off for the remaining six months, which would cost over £13million.
United are cautious about destroying their relationship with one of the greatest players in their storied history. But Ronaldo is expected to demand a fee to terminate his contract, which could further strain his relationship with the club and Ten Hag once the World Cup is out of the way.
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