Glazer family considering sale as Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Manchester United
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Real Madrid reportedly have no intentions of U-turning on their decision to rule out a move for Cristiano Ronaldo as they are hoping Karim Benzema will be able to return to action before the end of the year. Ronaldo is currently without a club after leaving Manchester United earlier this week.
Ronaldo, who spent nine years at the Bernabeu Stadium between 2009 and 2018, suffered a miserable second spell at Old Trafford after re-signing for the club last summer. Despite bagging an impressive 24 goals in all competitions last season, the 37-year-old came in for heavy criticism as United failed to deliver on the pitch under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his interim successor Ralf Rangnick.
And Ronaldo’s Red Devils career went from bad to worse this season after falling out of favourite under Erik ten Hag and starting just four times in the Premier League. And after the blockbuster star told Piers Morgan he felt “betrayed” by the club during an explosive interview ahead of the World Cup, United moved to bring his time in the north west to an end.
Ronaldo has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia, Newcastle and Real Madrid as he searches for a new club. But, according to Spanish publication AS, a move to the Bernabeu is not on the cards as Benzema has already made a good recovery in the Real gym after injuring himself with France ahead of the World Cup and being forced to miss the tournament.
Benzema is currently working under the watchful eye of the Real physios and medical staff at the club’s Valdebebas gym. And the Spanish giants are hopeful the striker will be available for their clash against Real Valladolid on Friday, December 30 when they get their La Liga campaign back underway.
Ronaldo won four Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups and four Ballon d’Ors during his time in Spain. But AS report that Real chiefs have said “it would not make sense in our sports project,” to take the Portugal striker back to the club. And that means the veteran will need to find another club to join for the second half of the season.
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“Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” read a United statement on Tuesday evening. “The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford.”
And Ronaldo then released his own statement, which 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 like 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.”
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