… immediately, by mutual consent
Nearly all media sources report online that Ronaldo leaves Man Utd: the club issued a statement this Tuesday evening announcing they had reached a mutual agreement with Cristiano Ronaldo to terminate his contract; Ronaldo added: “I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change”
MUFC issued a statement saying that “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”.
The Guardian reports in more detail this afternoon as Ronaldo leaves Man Utd: “Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early,” Ronaldo said. “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.”
It is understood Ronaldo will not receive a pay-off from the club. Manchester United said:
“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”
The Times later confirmed that Ronaldo is leaving Man Utd without receiving any compensation after the two parties agreed to rip up his contract. The Premier League may not have seen the last of the 37-year-old Portuguese, however, as United have not included a clause in his settlement that forbids him from joining another English club. “United announced this evening that they had come to a “mutual agreement” with Ronaldo to terminate their star forward’s contract, which was due to expire at the end of June next year”.
In ripping up the player’s contract, United have saved themselves about £15.5 million in wages. It is understood that United did not give Ronaldo a payoff because they were convinced that they could argue in court that the Portuguese was guilty of a breach of contract for three reasons.
First, he brought the club into disrepute with his comments in an interview with Piers Morgan. Second, the interview was unauthorised by the club, which is again forbidden. And finally, their lawyers were ready to argue that the forward breached his contract by refusing to come off the bench in the final three minutes of United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur last month.
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