Cristiano Ronaldo has said he “wishes Manchester United well” after the club terminated his contract on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old in a statement of his own spoke about his love for the Premier League and its supporters.
But Ronaldo insisted it was the right time “to seek a new challenge”.
His statement read: “I love Manchester United, and I love the fans; that will never ever change.
“However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.
“I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.”
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United decided to cancel the Portugal captain’s contract following his controversial interview with Piers Morgan.
In the two-part interview, Ronaldo claimed he had been “betrayed” by the club and has “no respect” for manager Erik ten Hag.