Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial interview comments have “affected” the players.
In a wide-ranging interview which has yet to be fully released, Ronaldo took aim at both Erik ten Hag and the Glazer family, highlighting his displeasure with his treatment by those in charge at Old Trafford.
Sources have confirmed to 90min that United officials were “furious” by Ronaldo’s comments, and Varane has now revealed the impact the interview has had on the players.
“Of course it affects us. We follow what’s happening and what’s being said,” he told Europe 1. “We’re trying to calm the situation in our own way, we’re trying not to get too involved in it.”
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Varane also insisted that he would have no problem with whatever decision the club chooses to make in terms of punishment, which could range from a fine, to a sale or even a contract termination if Ronaldo is found to have breached the terms of his contract with United.
“What happens with the media is that big clubs generate a lot of momentum. When it’s a star like Cristiano Ronaldo, even more, so we try to take it from a distance, that is, we don’t try to change the situation alone, we are part of a collective,” he explained.
“What I want is the best for my team so whatever the decision is, we as players will accept it and give the best of ourselves.”