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Varane says Man Utd players affected by Ronaldo comments




France defender Raphael Varane has said his Manchester United team-mates were clearly affected by Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments in a TV interview that he disrespected manager Erik ten Hag and felt betrayed by the Premier League side.

In an explosive interview with TalkTV that cast doubt on his future at the club, Ronaldo said he was forced to leave the team he joined in August 2021 for his second spell after winning eight major trophies with them. from 2003 to 2009.

United said they would only respond to the Portuguese striker’s comments after establishing all the facts, but Varane said the situation had an impact on the players.

“Obviously it affects us,” Varane, who was selected for the France squad for November-December 20. 18 World Cup in Qatar, told French radio Europe1. “We follow what is happening and what is being said.

“We try to calm the situation in our own way, we try not to get too involved. What’s happening in the media at big clubs is gaining momentum.

“When it’s a star like Ronaldo, or even more, then we try to take it with distance, that is to say, we don’t try to change the situation on our own, we are part of a collective .”

Last month, Ten Hag said Ronaldo refused to come on as a Tottenham Hotspur substitute when the striker walked down the tunnel with minutes remaining after being left on the bench.

The 37-year-old was then not part of the squad that faced Chelsea the following Saturday.

Varane, who also played alongside Ronaldo at Spanish side Real Madrid, said the team were ready to accept whatever United decided.

“What I want is the best for my team, so whatever the decision, as players, we will accept it and give our best,” added Varane.

On Tuesday, Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario said an awkward handshake between Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes was the result of a joke between club and country team-mates.