Cristiano Ronaldo may have played his final game for Manchester United, and his Premier League career is almost certainly over..
The 38-year-contract old’s expires at the end of the season, and he wanted to leave Old Trafford in the summer after the Red Devils failed to qualify for the Champions League, and he has spent most of this season in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
Not only did he miss pre-season due to personal issues, but his agent was also on a world tour looking for potential suitors for him. He was then used as a bit-part player by Erik ten Hag. The Portuguese forward has now publicly spoken out on.
After leaving the stadium early during Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in October, Ronaldo was left out for the subsequent trip to Chelsea and faced harsh criticism for his decision. Following that, Ronaldo stated on Instagram that he would address these issues, which he has done..
In an interview with Piers Morgan, the five-time Champions League winner was asked if he felt forced out of the club, to which he replied: “I don’t feel forced out of the club.” “Yes. Not only the coach, but also the other two or three guys who hang out at the club.” He was then asked if this was at the senior executive level, to which he replied: “Yes. I felt duped..
He has returned to the side and worn the captain’s armband since being dropped, but Ten Hag has yet to warm to him due to his inability to press or play a larger role in his footballing structure, which has divided opinion.
Ronaldo continued, saying: “To be honest, I shouldn’t say I don’t know, but listen, I don’t care. People should pay attention to the truth. Yes, I feel betrayed, and I have the impression that some people do not want me here. Not only this year, but also last year.”
Chelsea are an obvious link for a possible mid-season transfer for the attacker, who is headed to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup..
Todd Boehly spent much of the summer asking Thomas Tuchel if Ronaldo was a viable option, and the American is still waiting for him to sign his statement.
After sacking Tuchel and the subsequent struggle under Graham Potter, Boehly is already on shaky ground with Blues fans, but the current manager is unlikely to succumb to Ronaldo’s aura either.
“Well, I can’t really comment because I don’t know the ins and outs,” Potter said before Chelsea’s match against Manchester United last month, days after leaving the stadium early. “But he’s taken his stance, and sometimes you have to do that,” he added when asked how Ten Hag handled the situation. “And then you need the club’s support, and that’s what has happened.”
“Well, it’s difficult for me to comment because I don’t know the actual context, I don’t know what happened, and I don’t want to base my opinion on headlines and such.”
“It’s part of the job to make difficult decisions, but that’s normal.”
Potter has previously gushed about the player, saying last season, “You run out of superlatives in terms of what he’s achieved in his career and the player that he is.” He has had an absolutely incredible career, world-class, out-of-this-world class. “There’s nothing else to say about it..
But when it came to possibly working with the superstar, he was hesitant. “Too often, we focus on individuals and forget that this is a team sport. When the team isn’t scoring, the person at the front of the pitch gets zoomed in; we’ve seen it with Neal (Maupay), for example.
From what I’ve seen, you can still see his quality and the value he brings to the group and team.”
With the club in need of a true rebuild from top to bottom, inside and out, it’s difficult to see where another player in their late 30s fits into the plan, especially under a strategic manager like Potter. If it is not to be Chelsea, Ronaldo’s options are limited..