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15th Nov 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo: Erik ten Hag says forward ‘shouldn’t play for Man United again’

Callum Boyle

United are considering tearing up Ronaldo’s contract

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has reportedly told the club’s hierarchy that Cristiano Ronaldo should never play for the club again amid reports that they are considering cancelling his contract early.

Ronaldo has conducted an explosive interview with Piers Morgan in which he attacked the club as a whole as well as claiming he has no respect for Ten Hag.

“I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me,” Ronaldo said. “If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you.”

ESPN have now reported that following the release of the interview, Ten Hag held meetings with co-chairman Joel Glazer, chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough on Monday.

During those meetings it’s alleged that the Dutchman said that Ronaldo had overstepped the line in terms of criticism and that he isn’t willing to sacrifice unity in the squad to accommodate the 37-year-old anymore.

Ten Hag is also willing to allow the Portugal international to leave in January, even if they are unable to find a replacement.

The Telegraph have since reported that the Red Devils are now considering ripping up Ronaldo’s contract altogether.

At present Ronaldo is the highest paid player at the club – earning an astronomical £560,000-a-week – but United are looking at all options, which includes terminating his contract before it expires next summer.

United could even be within their rights to terminate Ronaldo’s contract due to what employment lawyers term “a potential breach of the implied duty of trust and confidence” however it remains to be seen if that route will be taken.

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