Ronaldo voices his opposition against ten Hag’s training sessions and style of play amid bad blood behind the scene.
Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy with Erik ten Hag’s training sessions and style of play and Journalist Duncan Castles has offered an update on the relationship, in the Times.
Recently, Ten Hag claimed that Ronaldo gets frustrated when he is not playing, but he also created an image of a focused and generally content man working behind the scenes.
Castles, who typically has good connections to Ronaldo and Jorge Mendes, has stated otherwise.
According to the article, Ronaldo has communicated his disapproval of Ten Hag’s playing style and training methods behind the scenes.
Ronaldo against ten Hag’s style of play
According to the report, Ten Hag would sell Portugal captain Ronaldo in January, but it is unclear whether the club will bear the financial burden.
Obviously, this is contrary to an ESPN article, which claimed that Ten Hag would be reluctant to allow Ronaldo to leave in January because it is unlikely that money would be made available for a replacement.
According to the ESPN story, United does not anticipate any interest from clubs that Ronaldo might consider joining this winter.
Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Atletico Madrid are included in the Times report, although all three were practically non-starters in the summer.
Castles’ report also says that Ronaldo held out for a salary on par with his United one when looking to leave during the summer.
That means precious few clubs can afford him and even those with that facility may not want to make such a huge financial investment in a player of his age.
It remains to be seen how this plays out but it seems pretty clear that Ronaldo’s camp wants it out there in no uncertain terms that he is still not happy and looking to move.
But this approach is hardly likely to encourage Ten Hag to change his approach of benching Ronaldo for league matches, with Everton next up on Sunday.