Cristiano Ronaldo: 'No evolution' since Ferguson left Man Utd
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Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is not being viewed any differently by his international team-mates despite his recent explosive interview with Piers Morgan, according to Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves. The striker’s time at Old Trafford is likely to be cut short following his comments.
Ronaldo’s interview with Morgan has been drip-fed to the public over the past week, and he packed plenty of punches. The 37-year-old spoke of how he had ‘no respect’ for manager Erik ten Hag and also that he believed that the club has not developed at all since he departed initially back in 2009.
The former Real Madrid star then took aim at the Glazers and about how they are not suitable owners for the Red Devils, which has certainly ruffled feathers. United are now believed to be taking legal advice about whether they have the grounds to sack Ronaldo.
Though Wolves star Neves has insisted that the Portugal captain’s international team-mates are not being influenced by the media talk around the forward. Asked about whether Ronaldo’s club-level saga is proving to be a distraction, Neves explained: “It’s impossible for us to walk around without being asked about the controversy, but I don’t think there’s any controversy at all between us in the changing room.
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“We have a spectacular environment right here.” Portugal’s first game of the Qatar World Cup comes on Thursday when they take on Ghana, in what will be seen as a very winnable game by manager Fernando Santos.
The Euro 2016 champions were fearful that they could be without Ronaldo for their opener after the striker missed a warm-up match against Nigeria due to illness. Though he is back to his ‘spectacular’ best, says Neves.
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The 25-year-old continued: “From what I’ve seen in training, he’s in spectacular shape. He doesn’t worry us at all, we as a team know perfectly well what we need to work on so that each individual stands out on gameday.”
“If we’re good as a team, Cristiano will be phenomenal.” If Ronaldo is able to thrive in Qatar then he may be able to give himself options when the January transfer window opens, assuming that he is still a United player at that stage.
His agent Jorge Mendes attempted to invite interest over the summer after holding talks with several top clubs, and whether a successful World Cup campaign could prove to be the difference in.
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