Jaap Stam believes Cristiano Ronaldo perfectly orchestrated his exit from Manchester United. The explosive interview led to Manchester United terminating his contract as the Portuguese now aims to find a new club as a free agent.
Stam on Ronaldo’s Exit:
Cristiano took aim at prominent figures from the Red Devils’ past and present. Ronaldo had already made one push for the exits over the summer, only to see the transfer deadline pass with no deal done, and Stam believes the Portuguese knew exactly what he was doing from that point after seeing game time limited under Erik ten Hag.
Former United defender Stam, speaking in association with Football Betting, has told GOAL of the long-running Ronaldo saga: “He did it on purpose. There was a strategy behind it in terms of ‘how are we going to organise this so that I can leave the club?’ From the beginning to now, you could see where it was going.”
“Not playing, not being in the team, being subbed, not being used, walking away and then saying, from United’s point of view as well, we spoke about it and the discussion about who is right in all these situations. In everything that has been going on, it’s been arranged in how it needs to be to leave the club. The next step was to give an interview and say certain things that is going to blow up and eventually you are going to be leaving.”
“It’s not a good situation. I always questioned the way of working with him and how it started when he joined the club, how the conversations went with Ronaldo, then the decision making about not using him. And from Ronaldo as well, when he said ‘I want to leave and go somewhere else’, maybe they could have come to an agreement and parted ways at the beginning of the season. Then it kept dragging on and now with this interview, he knew by saying certain things and making comments about the manager and the club and the owners, they needed to let him go.”
Ronaldo’s interview has led to many United fans losing their love and faith in him as it has been ill-received by the public.