Bruno Fernandes responds to Cristiano Ronaldo’s dramatic Man Utd exit

Bruno Fernandes has been grilled by the media over Portugal team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo’s hasty exit from Manchester United.

Ronaldo mutually agreed to terminate his contract with United after an explosive interview with Piers Morgan saw the 37-year-old criticize the club’s owners, players and manager among other things.

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United responded by exploring all legal avenues open to them, but reached an agreement with Ronaldo late on Tuesday to terminate his employment.

The bombshell interview with Ronaldo had led to what many felt was a frosty greeting from Fernandes when he arrived at the World Cup with Portugal, although it was simply explained as a joke told between the pair.

Now Fernandes, who handles Ronaldo’s media duties, has said he does not feel uncomfortable playing alongside his captain given what happened at Old Trafford, and that he respects the decision made by his now former team-mate at club level.

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“I don’t feel uncomfortable. I don’t have to choose a side. It was a privilege to play in the national team with Ronaldo and in the club it was a dream come true and I’ve always said that,” said Fernandes.

“Cristiano has always been an inspiration to me. It was a dream but we know nothing lasts forever. And now Cristiano made a decision for his life and career and we have to respect every decision.”

Portugal open their World Cup campaign against Ghana on Thursday afternoon, with both Ronaldo and Fernandes expected to feature in the starting XI.

Post-World Cup attention will then turn to finding a new club for Ronaldo, although 90min understands the Premier League’s richest club, Newcastle United, will not be among the clubs making him an offer.

In any case, Ronaldo has been fined £50,000 and handed a two-match ban by the Football Association for knocking a mobile phone out of a young supporter’s hand at Everton last April.

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