LONDON (AP) – Cristiano Ronaldo In the final part of a 90-minute TV interview aired on Thursday, Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag explained his departure, saying he had missed a game earlier this season because he was told by the coach. felt “difficult” and blamed the Dutch for the absence. Sympathy.”
Ronaldo’s future with United is up in the air after his controversial interview with Piers Morgan for England’s TalkTV, but the Portugal star said he is ready to return to the club after the World Cup – although he conceded That “New Season” might be better. For both parties.
A comeback looked increasingly unlikely after Ronaldo lashed out at senior figures at the club and team-mates in the first part of an interview on Wednesday. The trend continued when he tried to explain why he left the Premier League game against Tottenham before the final whistle after Ten Hague asked him to come off the bench for the last three minutes of the game.
Ronaldo said he felt a little sorry about going down the tunnel, but that “I felt anger from the coach.”
Ronaldo, who has won five Ballon d’Or awards as the world’s best player, said: “It’s not allowed for me, (the coach) to give me three minutes in a game.” “I’m sorry. I’m not that kind of player. I know what I can give to the team.”
Ronaldo’s game time has been limited at The Hague, especially in the Premier League, and the 37-year-old forward said that “it’s hard when they cut your legs and they don’t like you shining and they listen to you Not listening. Advice.”
Ronaldo said he could understand Ten Hague’s decision to leave him out of the starting line-up at the start of the season after the forward missed most of United’s pre-season preparations, but added that the relationship between the two There was also confusion because “other things happened that people, they don’t know about.”
“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 In this situation. I have to be honest that things are not good because of it. Because empathy does not exist.”
United suspended Ronaldo for three days after the Tottenham incident, with Ten Hague ordering him to train with the first team and leaving him out of the squad for the next game – a punishment the Portugal star was extremely harsh on.
“I’m very disappointed because, well, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m not perfect, I made a mistake,” Ronaldo said. “But I was suspended three days, for that, I think it’s too much. And then they fire for the press, which really frustrates me. … Don’t tell me the best players, the guys who won everything , important players will play three minutes. I do not. This is not acceptable.”
Asked whether he would still be in the United States after the January transfer window, Ronaldo said it was “difficult to say now” as he focused on the World Cup, which starts on Sunday.
“Maybe it’s good for Manchester and maybe it’s good for me to have a new season. Maybe. But I don’t know,” said Ronaldo, who also confirmed that he would accept the 350 million euro ($363 million) offer. Refused to join the Saudi Arabian team this summer.
“If I come back, I will be the same Cristiano,” he continued. “But I hope that the people will be by my side and let me like I did in all the clubs and all the years.”
United said this week that it had no immediate response to the interview: “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 the players, manager, staff and fans.”