Erik ten Hag says the primary time he found Cristiano Ronaldo needed to go away Manchester United was within the striker’s controversial tv interview.
Ronaldo had his contract terminated by mutual consent final month after saying he felt “betrayed” by the membership and has “no respect” for Ten Hag.
The United boss had stated little on the saga till now, revealing the Portuguese ahead by no means informed him he needed to go away.
“I needed him to remain from the primary second till now,” Ten Hag informed UK media in Cadiz, Spain, the place United are making ready for the return of the Premier League. “He needed to go away, it was fairly clear. And when a participant undoubtedly would not wish to be on this membership then he has to go.
“The interview was the primary time he stated he needed to go away. I feel as a membership you possibly can’t settle for that. There will probably be penalties. To make that step, [to do the interview] he knew the implications. Earlier than he [had] by no means informed me.
“In the course of the season there was no switch window, however till that second he by no means informed me ‘I wish to depart’. In the summertime we had one speak. He got here in and stated, ‘I’ll inform you in seven days if I wish to keep’. Then he got here again and stated, ‘I wish to keep’. Till that second [the interview] I by no means heard something.
“We needed him to be a part of our undertaking, [for] him to contribute to Manchester United, as a result of he is a superb participant. He has such an amazing historical past, however it’s prior to now and we have now to look into the longer term.”
Ronaldo grew pissed off by his lack of taking part in time at United which noticed him refuse to come back on instead throughout a victory towards Tottenham in October. Ten Hag dropped Ronaldo for the incident and defined the 37-year-old was not in the appropriate bodily form to carry out.
“When he’s in fine condition, he is an effective participant,” stated Ten Hag. “And he may assist us to get again and obtain the goals we have now. That’s fairly clear. However he wasn’t.
“I favored to work with world class gamers. I do know they will make a distinction and make it easier to to realize your goals. That’s the reason you wish to have such gamers in your dressing room.
“However what occurred, occurred. I’ve to make decisions round gamers who should not performing and decide the perfect crew.
“My accountability is in favour of the membership and the crew. They’re the selections I’ve to make. It would not matter who’s the individual, it’s about how we carry out now.”
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