The 37-year-old forward’s second spell at Old Trafford has come to an end just days after he confessed he “doesn’t respect” manager Erik ten Hag on national television.
United’s statement on the matter read: ” Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect. The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.
“Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.”
Ronaldo refused to leave quietly, releasing a statement of his own. “Following conversations with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to end our contract early,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner explained.
“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.”
The Netherlands forward is currently out in Qatar aiming to secure football’s most coveted trophy for his country, but speculation of his club future will not go away and is likely to increase in light of this news.
United had wanted to land Gakpo’s signature prior to Ronaldo’s departure, but with a vacany in their front-line the Red Devils will surely up their efforts to sign the PSV Eindhoven talent. The young forward has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last year and a half.
12 goals and 13 assists last term put Gakpo’s name on plenty of transfer shortlists across Europe, but he has picked up from where he left off and then some this season with nine goals and 12 assists before the Eredivisie paused for the World Cup.
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The Slovenian teenager has been tracked by United for some time and was viewed as a potential replacement for Ronaldo when the Portuguese icon made clear he wanted out of Old Trafford in the summer.
United kept hold of the 37-year-old and saw their hopes of signing Sesko take a huge blow in the process given he has already agreed on where he’ll go next.
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