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Ronaldo sends message to Man Utd fans after contract termination

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CR7 ends his second spell at Old Trafford to “seek a new challenge”.

Cristiano Ronaldo has released a statement after Manchester United confirmed his departure from the club.

The decision came after Ronaldo shocked United fans with a controversial interview last week. The 37-year-old, who struggled for game time under Erik ten Hag at the first half of the season, said he doesn’t respect the Dutchman.

United came under pressure to make a decision over Ronaldo’s future due to the interview’s backlash. The club finally announced they have terminated the 37-year-old’s contract on Tuesday.

“Following conversations with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to end our contract early,” Ronaldo’s statement reads.

“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.”

Ronaldo will be able to join a new club for free after the World Cup. Chelsea are reportedly interested in keeping the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in the Premier League, while a return to Sporting CP is another possibility.