Cristiano Ronaldo has made it clear all summer that he would like to leave Manchester United, with the desire to play Champions League football next season.
Early in the transfer window, Ronaldo announced his desire to leave so he could spend the final years of his career challenging for titles and playing in Europe’s biggest club competition.
He was rejected by several clubs including Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, due to age, financial reasons or his tactical suitability in those teams.
However, despite his 24 goals last season and his contribution to the team, many were happy to see him looking forward, including some members of his squad.
Teammates happy with Ronaldo’s departure
According to ESPN, the majority of Ronaldo’s Manchester United teammates reacted with joy upon hearing the news of his desire to leave the club.
The Portuguese striker has been described as a ‘pain in a ***’, and news of his desire to leave has been met with positive, with United looking to challenge domestically once again.
There have been reports recently that coach Erik ten Hag has said privately that he is open to selling Ronaldo, despite his public stance that he wants to keep the player.
Earlier this month it was reported that Ronaldo’s behavior had become frustrating and that he was eating meals alone and reacting negatively to tactical instructions.
Erik ten Hag has been open to letting Cristiano Ronaldo leave for weeks but Joel Glazer has resisted any potential sale [@samuelluckhurst]
– utdreport (utdreport) August 29 2022
In addition, he did not deal well with Ten Hag as he transferred responsibility for the 4-0 defeat to Brentford to the players which further strained relations between player and coach.
This has resulted in Ronaldo being left out of the squad and none of his Premier League wins this season, which have come against Liverpool and Southampton, have started.
Ronaldo himself said he would reveal all the facts in an interview after the transfer window: “Hmm [will] Find out the truth when you do the interview [me] Within two weeks. The media is lying.”
Ronaldo added: “I have a notebook and in the last few months of 100 news I sent, only 5 were right. Imagine how it is. Stick to this advice.”