Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence on his Manchester United exit saga and declared that the truth will come out in a tell-all interview having failed to secure a transfer away from Old Trafford
The 37-year-old icon has been unable to secure a move away from Old Trafford with merely 15 days of the summer transfer window remaining. Instead, Ronaldo has reluctantly featured under new manager Erik ten Hag in humiliating back-to-back Premier League defeats, as the Red Devils have started the 2022-23 season with a whimper.
Having kept tight-lipped over his future in public other than to shut down some bits of speculation such as rumours of a fairytale return to Sporting Lisbon, the Portuguese superstar has once again broken his silence – this time in the most intriguing manner.
Responding to the speculation via Instagram on Tuesday evening, six days before United are due to face old foes Liverpool in a grudge match at Old Trafford, Ronaldo wrote: “They know the truth when they interview in a couple weeks. The media is telling lies. I have a notebook and in the last few months of the 100 news I made, only 5 were right. Imagine how it is. Stick with that tip.”
Having missed the club’s pre-season tour due to what the club described as “family reasons,” the official word from Old Trafford was that their legendary No.7 was firmly not for sale. Now, though, Mirror Football understands that Ten Hag has lost patience with Ronaldo’s downbeat demeanour in and around their Carrington training complex, with the Red Devils becoming open to a sale.
Still, United want to receive a substantial fee and have ruled out terminating his contract, a notion which agent Jorge Mendes is said to have suggested to the Old Trafford board during showdown talks over his megastar client’s hotly-debated future. Ronaldo has been regaining his match fitness during the early stages of the campaign, with Ten Hag having to integrate him due to fellow forward Anthony Martial ‘s absence.
The Red Devils boss was questioned on his star striker’s future ahead of Saturday’s horror show at Brentford, as United lost 4-0. “I deal with the players we have, we plan with him this season,” Ten Hag stated. We are happy with him and now we have to fit him into the team. He has to come to the right fitness levels so that he can do the job we expect him to do.”
Television presenter and journalist Piers Morgan, who claims to be in touch with Ronaldo, tweeted after seeing his comments on Instagram: “As someone who’s been talking to Cristiano throughout this period, I’d say he’s being generous when he says 5… there’s been so much woefully inaccurate & disrespectful garbage written & said about him this year.”