AP Source: Glazer to decide on Ronaldo's Man United future

AP Source: Glazer to decide on Ronaldo’s Man United future

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United co-owner Joel Glazer will make a final decision on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the club after the forward’s television interview, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Ronaldo’s status in the United States has been deemed untenable after he said he felt “betrayed” by the club in an interview published in the UK this week, where he also said That he doesn’t respect manager Eric Ten Hague.

The interview is widely seen as an attempt by Ronaldo to leave the United States after the World Cup. But the Glazers will have final say on any decision to sell the forward and it will be up to Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes to present potential clubs interested in buying him, the person with knowledge of the situation said. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The person also said that United’s hierarchy support Ten Hague’s handling of the player and fully support his decision to drop Ronaldo from the squad and order him to train with the first team after The Portugal international refused to come on 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 game in a row after the club said he had an undisclosed illness. But he trained with Portugal on Monday as they begin preparations for the World Cup in Qatar.

There was widespread talk of Ronaldo leaving the United States before the start of the season, but a potential exit is complicated by the limited number of clubs who can 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 of the 37-year-old’s explosive interview to determine the club’s legal position, the person with knowledge of the situation said.

In parts of the interview published on Sunday evening, Ronaldo is very critical of Ten Hag, the Glazer family and the club in general.

“I don’t respect (Ten Haag) because he doesn’t respect me,” Ronaldo told interviewer Piers Morgan. “If you don’t respect me, I will never respect you.”

US officials have not yet seen the full interview and do not know if it was conducted before excerpts were released on Sunday.

“The club will consider its response once the full facts are established,” United said. “Our focus remains on preparing for the second half of the season and continuing to build on the momentum, trust and unity that has been built between players, managers, staff and fans.”

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