Rooney claims Manchester United was forced to terminate Cristiano contract after club legend Paul Scholes dismissed the striker’s departure from Old Trafford
Manchester United confirmed on Tuesday that they have mutually agreed to part ways with the 37-year-old with immediate effect.
Wayne Rooney claims Manchester United was forced to terminate Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract after fellow club legend Paul Scholes dismissed the striker’s departure from Old Trafford.
It comes after the former Real Madrid star’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan, in which he took aim at the club, the owners, and manager Erik ten Hag, insisting that he ‘does not respect’ the United manager.
Ronaldo also singled out United’s all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney in the interview, saying the club’s decision should come as no surprise.
“To see it end this way with Manchester United, obviously, he is a former teammate and as a fan of Manchester United, it is sad to see it end this way,” Rooney said in an interview.
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“But I think after everyone has seen the interview he did with Piers Morgan and how he attacked the club, I think there was no option.
“There was no option but for this to happen. Am I surprised? No. But it’s a shame because he has been a fantastic servant.”
Meanwhile, Scholes has stated that he supports United’s decision to cut ties, implying that he isn’t too upset to see Ronaldo leave. Scholes captioned an image of Ronaldo’s release on Instagram, ‘Mission accomplished…arsed!’
Meanwhile, Ronaldo issued his own statement shortly after his release, wishing the club “every success” for the rest of the season.
“Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early,” Ronaldo said.
“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.”
Ronaldo is now free to join another club immediately with recent reports suggesting Chelsea remains interested in a deal to bring the Portugal international to Stamford Bridge.
The veteran gets his World Cup campaign underway when Portugal takes on Ghana on Thursday.