Manchester United have officially terminated Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract by mutual consent after it was reported days ago that they were exploring the possibility.
The striker will leave the Old Trafford club with immediate effect following his interview with Piers Morgan.
A club statement read: “Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.
“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 said in the Piers Morgan interview that he is blamed for all that has gone wrong at the club, with the Old Trafford outfit forcing him out.
He said: “Yes, they [United] are trying to force me out. Not only the coach [Ten Hag], but two or three other guys around the club.
“I feel that some people didn’t want me at Manchester United, not only this year but last season too.
“The fans should know the truth. I want the best for the club. This is why I come to Manchester United.
“I am giving this interview, because I think it’s the right time to speak my mind.
“I felt betrayed. Honestly, I shouldn’t say that … but, listen, I don’t care, I’m always… People should listen to the truth.”
‘Right time for me to seek a new challenge’
Ronaldo said he loves United and the fans, but it’s the right time for him to seek a new challenge.
“Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early,” he said.
He continued: “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.”
United will now look to sign a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo in the January transfer window, with the club already linked with PSV’s Cody Gakpo, who scored the Netherlands’ first goal in this year’s World Cup.