Manchester United co-owner Joel Glazer will make the final decision on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the club after the striker’s incendiary TV interview.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United co-owner Joel Glazer will make the final decision on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the club after the striker’s incendiary television interview, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. .
Ronaldo’s position at United is considered untenable after he said he felt “betrayed” by the club in an interview to be broadcast in Britain this week, where he also said he has no respect for Erik ten Hag.
The interview has been widely seen as an attempt by Ronaldo to force a move away from United after the World Cup, but Glazer will have the final say on any decision to sell the striker and it will be up to Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes to present the potential . clubs willing to buy it, the person with knowledge of the situation said. He spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The person also said that the United hierarchy has backed Ten Hag’s handling of the player and fully supported his decision to remove Ronaldo from the squad and order him to train away from the first team after the Portugal star refused to enter. as a substitute against Tottenham. last month.
For Sunday’s game against Fulham in the Premier League, Ronaldo was left out of United’s squad for the second consecutive game after the club said he was suffering from an unspecified illness. But he trained with the Portugal team on Monday as preparations for the World Cup in Qatar began.
There was widespread speculation of Ronaldo leaving United even before the season started, but a potential exit is complicated by the limited number of clubs that can afford to meet his reported salary of around 500,000 pounds ($590,000) a week.
Ronaldo has six months left on his contract, and United’s lawyers are currently reviewing footage from the 37-year-old’s explosive interview to determine the club’s legal standing, the person with knowledge of the situation said.
In excerpts from the interview published on Sunday night, Ronaldo strongly criticizes Ten Hag, the family that owns Glazer and the club in general.
“I have no respect for (Ten Hag) because he shows no respect for me,” Ronaldo told interviewer Piers Morgan. “If you don’t respect me, I will never respect you.”
United officials have yet to see the full interview and were unaware it had taken place before excerpts began circulating on Sunday.
“The club will consider its response after all the facts have been established,” United said. “Our focus remains on preparing for the second half of the season and continuing the momentum, belief and togetherness that is being built between the players, coach, staff and fans.”