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Manchester United can terminate Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan. The forward spoke about how he was unhappy at the club and that he felt key figures were trying to force him out the door, despite reports that he pushed to leave over the summer.

Ronaldo was heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford before the start of the season, with his agent Jorge Mendes holding talks with several clubs to sound out any potential opportunities. However, the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich did not come through with offers.

Though Portugal international Ronaldo believes that he is being pushed out of the door, also revealing that he has no respect for manager Erik ten Hag because ‘he has no respect for him’, just a week after being handed the captain’s armband by the Dutchman. With the Qatar World Cup on the horizon, the Red Devils have up to six weeks to decide how they want to address the situation with their No 7.

Football lawyer David Seligman believes that United could terminate Ronaldo’s contract but prevent him from joining another side if they feel that their relationship with the player is beyond repair and he has breached the terms of his deal. He tweeted: “Man United would likely have ground to terminate Ronaldo’s contract – material breach of the implied duty of trust and confidence, as well as express terms regarding bringing the club into disrepute.

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“FIFA rules/jurisprudence on player registrations are not all that simple. United could terminate the contract but retain player registration for the purposes of compensation if termination is caused by Ronaldo’s conduct.”

After Ronaldo stormed out of the Theatre of Dreams before the full-time whistle had even sounded against Tottenham, Ten Hag managed to handle the situation well and brought the 37-year-old back into the squad promptly. However, this matter is significantly more explosive and there is a high risk of upsetting the United dressing room significantly if this interview is brushed over.

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Ronaldo also spoke of how people at the club are preventing the side from returning to its glory days, which will certainly have ruffled feathers internally. He explained: “But you have some things inside that don’t help [us] reach the top level as City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal… a club with this dimension should be top of the tree in my opinion and they are not, unfortunately.

“As Picasso said, you have to destroy it to rebuild it and if they start with me, for me, it’s not a problem. I love Manchester United, I love the fans, they’re always on my side. But if they want to do it different… they have to change many, many things.”

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