Criticized by Cristiano Ronaldo, officially released from his contract by Manchester United on November 22, Erik ten Hag delivered his truth about his complicated relationship with the Portuguese striker.
It has now been almost three weeks since Cristiano Ronaldo is a free player. Following the broadcast of a shock interview in which he swung on Manchester United, its leaders, its coach and some teammates, the English club has made the decision to part ways with the Portuguese striker. A regrettable outcome, which tarnishes his second spell at Old Trafford, but which was difficult to avoid according to Erik ten Hag. “It was clear to everyone that after that, he had to leave”explains the manager of the Red Devils, who finally delivers his truths about his complicated relationship with the fivefold Ballon d’Or.
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The Dutch technician, who confided in the press during an internship with his team in Andalusia, admits that he did not expect such an unpacking of “CR7”. Especially since last summer, the Portuguese told him he wanted to stay. A decision that did not displease the ex-coach of Ajax Amsterdam. “I wanted to work with him, he assures. I love working with world class players. I know they can make a difference and help you achieve your goals. That’s why you want to have such players in your locker room. But what happened happened. »
“Ronaldo was not in good shape”
What exactly happened? According to Erik ten Hag, nothing but ordinary squad management, which quickly dragged Cristiano Ronaldo to the bench, which the player took as a lack of respect. “When he’s fit he’s a good player and he could help us bounce back and achieve the goals we’ve set for ourselves. It’s very clear. But he wasn’tloose the Batavian coach. I have to make choices around underperforming players and choose the best team. My responsibility is in favor of the club and the team. These are the decisions I have to make. »
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“It doesn’t matter who the person is, it’s about our current performancehe continues. He chose another path. » A path that led him to arm wrestling with a club that he nevertheless carries in his heart. But if he didn’t appreciate the suicidal media release of “CR7”, Erik ten Hag doesn’t hold a grudge and would like to have a chat with him: “I did everything in an honest, open and transparent way and we had discussions about my vision, so I have no problem talking with him. » Not sure if this is in the plans of Cristiano Ronaldo, who must find a new base.