Still in the race to win the 2022 World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo is also preparing to challenge Morocco in the quarter-finals at 4pm on Saturday. If the Portugal international, who was benched against Switzerland, could start again in the shoes of a substitute, his departure from Manchester United continues to get people talking. Requested by The timesErik ten Hag, the coach of the Red Devils, did not fail to give his version of the facts.
At odds with the Dutch technician, the Manchester United legend – who left for Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 and returned in the summer of 2021 – saw his contract with the Red Devils dissolved a few weeks ago after months of complicated relationships. Now free and far from the English club, Cristiano Ronaldo had previously fired the former Ajax Amsterdam coach during an interview with English presenter Piers Morgan: “I don’t respect him (Ten Hag) because he doesn’t respect me. If you don’t respect me, I won’t respect you either.” Invited to respond, Ten Hag, for his part, assured that he wanted to continue his collaboration with CR7.
Erik ten Hag accuses Cristiano Ronaldo!
“I wanted him to stay from the first moment until now. He wanted to leave, that was pretty clear. And if a player absolutely doesn’t want to be at this club, then he has to leave, that’s clear. The interview, I think you can’t accept that as a club. By taking this step he knew the consequences. Before that he had never told me he wanted to leave. I did everything in an honest, open and transparent way and we had discussions about my vision, so I have no problem talking to him., launched the Dutch technician. Comments contrary to those of the Portuguese who claimed to have been forced to leave the club.
“I don’t want to waste energy on it. I would have preferred the ending to have gone a different way because I wanted to work with him. He chose a different path.the Batavian also admitted before saying more about the management of the quintuple Ballon d’Or. “If he’s in good shape, he’s a good player and he can help us come back and achieve the goals we have, that’s very clear. But he wasn’t. I like working with world-class players. I know that they can make a difference and help you achieve your goals. That’s why you want players like that in your dressing room, but I have to make choices around underperforming players and select the best team. My responsibility is for the benefit of the club and the team. These are the decisions I have to make. It doesn’t matter who the person is, what matters is how we perform now.”. The message is clear. The divorce is registered.