Ronaldo responds to Man Utd transfer question ahead of January window

Cristiano Ronaldo: 'No evolution' since Ferguson left Man Utd

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Cristiano Ronaldo has responded to swirling rumours that he will leave Manchester United after the World Cup. The Portuguese recently struck out at the club in a fiery interview with Piers Morgan, prompting club legend Gary Neville to predict that his contract will be terminated over the coming days. 

Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford in the summer of 2021 was greeted by significant fanfare, having left to join Real Madrid in a world-record deal 12 years earlier. His first season back in familiar territory was a positive one, at least on an individual level, as he bagged 24 goals in all competitions. 

But things took a turn for the worst when Erik ten Hag took over at the end of last campaign. Ronaldo’s prominence in the squad has been significantly reduced – a development which he hasn’t taken well and several public incidents have highlighted the friction in recent months. 

The most striking is a broad-ranging interview with Talk TV host Morgan, who Ronaldo told that he doesn’t respect Ten Hag and that the infrastructure at the club has stood still over the past few years. 

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Hitting out at such senior figures at Old Trafford has led many to logically predict that Ronaldo will be on his way in January. “It’s difficult to tell right now because my mood is to the World Cup,” explained the 37-year-old.

“It’s probably my last World Cup, of course, my fifth World Cup. I don’t know what’s going to happen after the World Cup, but as I told you before, and I will say again, the [Man Utd] fans will be always in my heart. And I hope they stay on my side, if I’m back or if I’m not back, or if I stay or whatever.

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“Nobody’s perfect. We all have episodes in life as human beings. It is part of me to be a human being and father as well. I always will commit mistakes. But I don’t know, it’s hard to tell right now what’s going to happen after the World Cup because my focus is for the World Cup, for the Portugal national team.”

The likes of Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich publicly distanced themselves from the possibility of signing Ronaldo last summer, but the former Real Madrid star insists that big clubs were after him. If he does move elsewhere in January, with Sporting Lisbon one of the touted destinations, he has left a series of bitter farewell shots relating to his bit-part role under Ten Hag this season. 

“When I arrived at Manchester United, I was always available to help the team, to do the good things, to put [the ball] in the right spots, to compete with the best teams,” he continued. “But it’s hard when they cut your legs [off] and they don’t like you to shine and they don’t listen to your advice.

“I think I have words to advise the club because the trophies are one individual and collective. I think I can help a lot, but when the infrastructure is not good…”

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