Cristiano Ronaldo claims his Manchester United exit was MUTUAL in brief 57-word statement and insists his ‘LOVE’ for the club and the fans will ‘never ever change’ despite shock interview
And 37-year-old veteran Ronaldo insisted his love for United and the fans will ‘never ever change’ despite the acrimonious nature of their separation – which sees him kiss goodbye to £16million in wages as he receives no compensation.
The statement read: ‘Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.
‘I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels 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.’
Sportsmail can reveal that United have not paid any compensation for the remaining seven months of his £500,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford.
United’s lawyers have been looking to tear it up since Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan aired in two parts last week.
A terse 68-word statement released on Tuesday evening 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.’