Erik ten Hag breaks silence on Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure

Erik ten Hag wants to look forward to the future rather than dwell on the past. That was his message when asked about Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since Manchester United terminated the Portuguese forward’s contract last month.

The 37-year-old mutually agreed to terminate his contract following a bombshell interview with Piers Morgan, in which he said he had ‘no respect’ for manager Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United took legal advice before deciding how to deal with Ronaldo after his explosive interview with Morgan on TalkTV. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner then departed Old Trafford without any financial compensation.

Speaking for the first time since Ronald’s departure, Ten Hag did not want to spend too much time discussing his former striker. He understandably wants to leave the entire Ronaldo episode in the past.

“He’s gone and it’s the past,” Ten Hag told Danny Webber for MUTV, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

“We are now looking forward and we’re looking to the future.”

It took just 17-words for Ten Hag to share his thoughts on Ronaldo.

In a few weeks, Ten Hag can look forward to press conferences without having to deal with constant questions about Ronaldo.

Why is he on the bench? Can he fit into the system? Is he finished? None of these are questions Ten Hag has to worry about anymore. It must be a relief for the Dutchman.

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