Manchester United Players Affected By Ronaldo Comments, Says Varane

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French international defender Raphael Varane has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial comments in his recent interview with Piers Morgan, saying that he did not respect manager Erik ten Hag and felt betrayed by the Premier League club, has obviously affected his Manchester United teammates.

In an explosive interview, Ronaldo said he was being forced out of the side he joined in August 2021 for his second spell after winning eight major trophies with them from 2003-2009.

United said they would address Ronaldo’s comments only after establishing the full facts, but Varane said the situation had impacted players.

French international and Manchester United defender, Raphael Varane.

“Obviously it affects us,” Varane, who will be representing France at the World Cup in Qatar, said in an interview. “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 in it. What is happening in the media in the big clubs is gaining momentum.”

“When it’s a star like Ronaldo, even more, so we try to take it with distance, that is to say that we do not try to change the situation alone, we are part of a collective.”

Last month, Ten Hag said Ronaldo refused to come on as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur when the forward walked down the tunnel with a few minutes of the game remaining after being left on the bench. Ronaldo was then not part of the squad that faced Chelsea the following Saturday.

Varane, who has also played alongside Ronaldo at Spanish side Real Madrid, said the team was ready to accept whatever Manchester United decides.

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

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