Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United are unlikely to get together again this season. Accordingly, the club is preparing to even let him go free of charge in the winter.
The suspension that Erik ten Hag had to give to Cristiano Ronaldo after the bank escape was the high point of tensions between the world star and United.
It was by no means the first time that the Portuguese attracted attention with questionable behavior on his part. Even before ten Hag took over as coach, he went straight to the dressing room several times last season instead of thanking the fans for their support together with the team.
Under the Dutchman, CR7 can no longer afford such incidents. There was heated and emotional debate in the English media about the suspension and the behavior of the attacking player. Either way: it seems to be the final break.
ESPN reports that Manchester are now even willing to let him go on a free transfer in the winter.
As of now, this scenario would occur in the summer anyway. After all, that's when his contract expires and the prospects for an extension haven't been very good lately.
United would apparently be interested in closing the Ronaldo chapter early and at least taking the savings with them for the rest of the year. After all, he would still cost the club about 15 million euros in the second half of the season. The approximately 570,000 euros in weekly salary would be eliminated.
The problem: No other club seems interested in signing the 37-year-old at the moment. At least not a club that also meets the still very high demands of the 191-time national player. He sees himself not yet at the end of his career and would like to play in the Champions League again.
This article was originally published on 90min.com as Report: Man United set to let Cristiano Ronaldo away on a free transfer in winter.