‘I was – and still am – very happy to be here. I still believe’: Cristiano Ronaldo seemingly confirms he WON’T quit Man United, but warns the club ‘things need to change’ as he hails new boss Erik ten Hag
- Cristiano Ronaldo has one year remaining on his contract at Manchester United
- The forward endured a woeful first season back as United struggled to sixth
- However, the Portuguese star insisted he is still happy to stay at Old Trafford
- The 37-year-old believes United can become successful under Erik ten Hag
Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to commit his future to Old Trafford as he insisted he is happy to be at the club as he prepares for life under new boss Erik ten Hag.
The Portugal international made a sensational return to the Premier League club last summer but endured a disappointing season as the Red Devils scrambled to finish sixth on the final day of the season.
The 37-year-old has one year remaining on his deal at United and, despite the club’s recent woes, remains optimistic about the club’s future under Ten Hag but insisted ‘things need to change’.
Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to commit his future to Old Trafford
Ronaldo revealed he is looking forward to working under new United manager Erik ten Hag
In an interview with the club, Ronaldo said: ‘I was happy of course to be back at a club that really raised my career. So it was unbelievable.
‘The feeling when I (came) back again, it was nice to feel the supporters. The happiness of them as great.
‘I was – and still am – very happy to be here.’
Ronaldo finished United’s top scorer in the Premier League after netting 18 times as the Red Devils missed out on Champions League football but he claimed he was still motivated for the new campaign.
The forward also insisted he still has faith in this side, claiming United will return to ‘where they belong’.
The star forward insisted he believes the Red Devils will return to ‘where they belong’
Despite the Red Devils missing out on Champions League football, he is still ‘motivated’
‘I believe that Manchester will be where they belong,’ he said. ‘As I say before, sometimes it takes time but I still believe.
‘The records are coming in a natural way. I don’t follow the records but the records follow me. So it’s good.
‘It’s still my motivation to carry on. Just working hard. I still love the passion for the game. And of course, Manchester and my team-mates helped me all the way so I have to appreciate all the people who help Cristiano.’
It is unclear when the video was filmed but it certainly appears to be after the club’s appointment of Ten Hag as new permanent manager and Ronaldo revealed he is looking forward to working under the Dutchman.
The Portugal international warned fans they must give the new manager time to see changes
Ronaldo claimed the Dutchman ‘did a fantastic job for Ajax’ after winning the Eredivisie title
He wished the former Ajax boss well ahead of his tenure at Old Trafford but warned fans they must give Ten Hag time to implement changes.
Ronaldo said: ‘I know he [Ten Hag] did a fantastic job for Ajax and that he’s an experienced coach. But we need to give him time and things need to change – the way he wants.
‘I hope we have success of course. Because if you have success, all of Manchester are going to have success as well.
‘So I wish him the best. We are happy and excited – not only the players but the supporters as well.
‘I wish him the best and let’s hope that next year we’re going to win trophies.’
Midway through the season, Ronaldo hinted that United’s younger stars struggle to take on criticism as he suggested the youngsters do not listen to the advice of the experienced pros.
Ronaldo hinted this season that United’s younger stars struggle to take on criticism
However, Ronaldo insisted he still intends to help United’s next generation as he believes they are the future of the club.
‘The new generation will be the future of the club. I’m in favour of giving opportunities to the young generation because they will be the future.
‘But you have to help them as well to put it in the right spot. Because the pressure is a lot to play in the Premier League, which I believe is the most difficult league in the world by far.
He recently sent the Under-18s an inspiring video message before their FA Youth Cup final
‘And you have to give him time. You have to give him of course the opportunity and let them grow in a normal way without pressure.
‘But I think we should give opportunities to the young generation of course.
‘They understand to achieve success you have to sacrifice, hard work, ethic of work, dedication.
‘But of course, if the kids ask me advice, I will give my opinion and advice because I want to help.’
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