Cristiano Ronaldo has given transfer ‘verdict’ on next move that will ‘haunt’ Man Utd
Cristiano Ronaldo is now looking for a new club after leaving Manchester United, and it seems he has a continent in mind.
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Manchester United decided to allow Ronaldo to leave the club before the end of his contract on the back of his controversial interview with Pier Morgan. The Portuguese superstar criticised the club for allegedly trying to get him out of the club, and he did not hold back in his criticism of manager Erik ten Hag.
That left United in a tricky position as the World Cup took hold, and they ultimately worked with Ronaldo’s representatives to agree his early release, making the veteran a free agent ahead of the winter transfer window. Though, he will not have to wait for January to find a new club, free to sign a contract at any time.
For now, Ronaldo is focused on trying to win the World Cup with Portugal in Qatar, and many clubs will be watching to see whether the 37-year-old superstar still has it. Such scouting is much more important in Ronado’s case, given he is far from risk free, likely to demand a healthy salary package.
Reports have claimed Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr have made a formal offer, but it seems Ronaldo wants to stay in Europe for now.
“Ronaldo’s situation has not progressed too much – interest wise,” Graeme Bailey has told TeamTalk. “It is understood a host of clubs are waiting to see his World Cup performances as his brief time at Man Utd this season has made it difficult to assess him.
“The interest from Saudi Arabia is real, the Saudi state are going for the World Cup in 2030 – they would love to have him. But Ronaldo’s people are making it clear that as it stands, he would rather continue playing in Europe. He is showing that he’s still capable in Qatar, that is the point – he wants at least another 18 months in Europe before going abroad.”
That update means United could get bitten by their decision to allow Ronaldo to leave for nothing, given they could potentially have secured a fee. Though, the Red Devils will have saved on some salary money, while also being able to save major distractions for the team.