Ten Hague says Ronaldo will not leave Manchester United

Man United take ‘appropriate steps’ after Ronaldo interview

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Manchester United has begun “appropriate steps” in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan.

The Premier League club’s legal team is awaiting a review of the full footage of the 90-minute debate in which Ronaldo lashed out at United manager Erik ten Hag, team-mates and owners.

“Manchester United has taken appropriate steps this morning in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interview,” the club said on Friday. “Until this process is complete, we will not comment further.”

37-year-old Ronaldo is in Qatar to play against Portugal in his fifth World Cup. But his future at Old Trafford appears to be over, with the forward standing largely unassailable even before the full interview aired on Wednesday and Thursday.

A potential exit has been complicated by the limited number of clubs that can meet his reported wages of around 500,000 pounds ($590,000) a week. But if he is found to be in violation of the contract, the possible result may be the termination of his contract.

United officials were not aware any interview had taken place and were waiting until it was broadcast on TalkTV before determining the club’s legal status.

The United States has also said it wants to end the process quickly.

Ronaldo’s comments added to a tough few months since Ten Hague took charge at the end of last season.

The United manager has already dropped the Portugal international from his squad and forced him to train away from the squad after he refused to come on as a substitute against Tottenham.

“I think he doesn’t respect (me) the way I deserve,” Ronaldo said. “But it is what it is. That’s why maybe the game against Tottenham, I left. … That’s why I say I don’t respect him, because he doesn’t respect me.

“That’s why we’re in this situation. I have to be honest that things are not good because of that. Because empathy doesn’t exist.”

Ronaldo, who failed to secure a move to the Champions League club in the off-season, has opened up a possible exit in the January transfer window.

“Maybe it’s good for Manchester and maybe good for me to have a new season,” he said. “Maybe. But I don’t know.

“If I come back, I will be the same Cristiano. But I hope that people will be by my side and let me shine as I have shone in all the clubs and all the years.

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