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“Love Manchester United”: Cristiano Ronaldo Reacts After Controversial Second Spell 

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo set the stage for his Old Trafford exit last week with his outspoken television interview on TalkTV in which he said he felt "betrayed" by Manchester United

File Photo of Cristiano Ronaldo. (Photo: Twitter/ @Manchester United)

New Delhi: Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial second spell at Manchester United is to end with “immediate effect”, the club announced Tuesday before a report emerged that their US-based owners, the Glazer family, could sell the Premier League giants. Portugal forward Ronaldo set the stage for his Old Trafford exit last week with his outspoken television interview on TalkTV in which he said he felt “betrayed” by the club and had no respect for new manager Erik ten Hag. “Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” said a United statement.

“The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances and wishes him and his family well for the future. “Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.”

Ronaldo issued a statement of his own, saying: “Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.

“I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge. “I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.”

As well as criticising the Old Trafford hierarchy and Ten Hag during his interview the 37-year-old Ronaldo, currently with the Portugal squad at the World Cup in Qatar, was scathing about the club’s US owners.

Ronaldo said the Glazer family cared far more about the money-making potential of United than results on the pitch. The Glazers have long been unpopular with the United faithful, their 17 year reign marked by declining on-field performance and repeated fan protests

Sky News reported Tuesday the Glazers were preparing to formally announce their intention to examine potential sources of outside investment that could include either an auction of United, with a full or partial sale, or strategic partnership with third parties other possible options.

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