Manchester United intends to resolve Cristiano Ronaldo’s future before their first post-World Cup game on December 21..
Following the 37-year-explosive old’s interview with Piers Morgan, United issued a statement on Friday stating that they had “initiated appropriate steps.”
According to reports, the club is now attempting to terminate Ronaldo’s contract, which expires in June. United’s lawyers believe Ronaldo’s actions constitute a breach of his contract, which is worth more than £500,000 per week..
According to ESPN, the Premier League club would prefer not to sue the player in order to avoid a potentially protracted legal battle..
The response of Ronaldo to their plans to terminate his contract will determine their course of action, but United hopes to have the matter fully resolved before the start of the domestic season.
Ronaldo is currently with the Portugal squad as they prepare to face Ghana in their World Cup group opener on Thursday. United’s season officially begins on 21 December when Erik ten Hag’s side hosts Burnley in the Carabao Cup before returning to Premier League action on 27 December against Nottingham Forest.
United hopes that a decision will be made before then.
Ronaldo has also been told that he is not welcome back at United’s Carrington training complex, even if Portugal exits the World Cup early..
Ten Hag has informed the United hierarchy that Ronaldo should not return to the club after revealing in an interview with Morgan that he does not respect the former Ajax manager.
Ronaldo also questioned the dedication of some of the club’s young players, as well as club owners the Glazer family and club legends Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville.
‘I don’t think that word [respect] is the best one; they live in a different era,’ says the author. Ronaldo was speaking about some of his younger teammates. ‘I can see with my 12-year-old child that the mentality is not the same..
When asked what differentiates United’s young players from players his own age, Ronaldo replied, ‘The hunger.’ They have easier access to things. Everything is simple. They don’t suffer, and they don’t give a damn. I don’t just mean Manchester United, but all teams. They are not like my generation.
‘However, we can’t blame them. It is a part of the new generation’s life, the new technologies that distract them from other things.
‘They are not the same thing. They listen, but only hear one side [which is lost in the other ear]. It doesn’t surprise me, but it’s unfortunate..
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