Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Cristiano Ronaldo had a plan to exit the club and his immediate departure is exactly what the player wanted.
United have issued a statement announcing they have reached a mutual agreement with the player to terminate his contract following the 37-year-old’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan in which he criticized manager Erik ten Hag and the executives of the club.
“I think both parties will be delighted now,” former team-mate Ferdinand told BBC One.
“He obviously did this interview with the mindset that he wanted out of the club because he wasn’t happy and he said that very clearly.
“But I also think Ten Hag got what he wanted. Both parties are happy. Pass. Next chapter for Cristiano Ronaldo.
When asked where he thinks the striker will go next, Ferdinand added: “I think it depends on the motivation. Is it the Champions League? Is it money?
Former England captain Alan Shearer has also suggested that Ronaldo has “gotten his wish” and will look forward to his next destination.
“He has his wish – that’s why he did the interview,” Shearer added. “It was inevitable that it would happen after that. It will be interesting to see if a Champions League (team) comes for him.
Burnley boss Vincent Kompany added: “I think in the end everyone loses except maybe the Manchester United manager – it’s a problem that’s solved and they’ll move on. “