Raphael Varane reacts to Ronaldo interview slamming Man Utd and Erik ten Hag
Raphael Varane speaks out on Cristiano Ronaldo interview slamming Manchester United and Erik ten Hag.
Raphael Varane said that Cristiano Ronaldo’s contentious interview, which may have put an end to his stint at the club, had a significant impact on the Manchester United team.
In an explosive interview with Piers Morgan, the Portugal international claimed United had “betrayed” him and that he has “no regard” for manager Erik ten Hag.
Ten Hag allegedly advised the United board that the 37-year-old should never play for the team again in return.
Ronaldo’s current contract at Old Trafford ends at the end of the current campaign, and in the following weeks, his representative Jorge Mendes will be in contact with a number of clubs about finding a way for Ronaldo to leave the club.
Following Sunday’s victory against Fulham, United players were on their way back to Manchester when they heard about Ronaldo’s comments. Many of them had recently joined their respective national teams in preparation for the World Cup, which starts this weekend.
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France international Varane was quizzed on Ronaldo’s comments on Tuesday night, revealing this week’s developments have ‘affected’ the group.
‘Obviously it affects us. We follow what is happening and what is being said,’ Varane told Europe1.
‘We try to ease the situation in our own way, we try not to get too involved in it. What is happening at the media level in the big clubs is gaining a lot of momentum. When it’s a star like Cristiano Ronaldo, even more.’
United are now said to be considering a number of next steps, one of which could be terminating Ronaldo’s contract if they conclude they have legal grounds to do so.
With a number of club legends admitting Ronaldo’s time at the club are now up, Varane says the squad will accept whatever decision is made by the manager and the board.
‘What I want is the best for my team so whatever the decision, as a player, we will accept it and we will give the best of ourselves.’