Cristiano Ronaldo promises ‘truth’ on Man Utd exit rumours in tell-all interview

ten Hag slams 'naive' Man Utd after defeat to Brentford

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Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that the ‘truth’ about his Manchester United situation will be heard in a tell-all interview to be conducted ‘in a couple of weeks’. The Red Devils forward is reported to want to leave Old Trafford this summer amid the club’s transfer window woes. 

But Ronaldo has hit out at the speculation and accused the media of ‘lies’. The 37-year-old claims to have kept a note of all stories written about him over the last few months, and suggests only five have been correct. 

Responding to a fan on Instagram, Ronaldo wrote: “They know the truth when they interview in a couple of weeks. The media is telling lies. 

“I have a notebook and in the last few months of the 100 news [stories written], only five were right. Imagine how it is. Stick with that tip.”

It was reported in July that Ronaldo was keen to leave United. A failure to qualify for the Champions League is believed to be key to his decision, but the club’s failures to strengthen their squad ahead of Erik ten Hag’s first season in charge might have played a part. 

Ronaldo then returned late to the club’s preparations for the new campaign after holding showdown talks with the Old Trafford hierarchy. It meant that he was not fully fit by the time the club started the Premier League season. 

The former Real Madrid star appeared as a substitute during United’s 2-1 defeat by Brighton on the opening weekend of the campaign. He then started the disastrous 4-0 thumping by Brentford and his frustration appeared to boil over after full-time.

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Ronaldo stormed off the pitch and appeared to refuse to clap the travelling supporters, unlike the majority of his team-mates. 

United have repeatedly insisted that Ronaldo is not for sale and will be part of their squad for the entire 2022-23 season. The Portugal captain has received very few offers from other clubs.

However, reports on Tuesday suggest that the Premier League club’s stance on shifting Ronaldo could soften. Sky Sports have claimed that Ten Hag could decide to sanction a departure if the Dutchman feels that Ronaldo’s exit would be better for the club culture. 

United had wanted to keep Ronaldo due to his excellent form last season, in which he was the club’s best player and scored 24 goals across all competitions. Ten Hag has very few alternative options within his squad who can register similar numbers. 

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