ERIK TEN HAG has now consigned Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United history.

Ronaldo left the Red Devils after his contract was ripped up in November and has signed an eye-watering £400million deal with Saudi Arabia side Al Nassr.

Erik ten Hag has broken his silence on Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer move

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Erik ten Hag has broken his silence on Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer moveCredit: Getty
Portuguese superstar has penned a mega-money deal to move to Saudi Arabia

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Portuguese superstar has penned a mega-money deal to move to Saudi ArabiaCredit: Reuters

The Portuguese superstar, 37, claimed he wanted to play Champions League but has ended up in the Saudi Pro League.

And when asked what he thought of Ronaldo’s decision to sign for Al Nassr, United boss Ten Hag delivered a brutal snub.

He said: “I don’t talk about the past. Let’s talk about the future.”

Ronaldo had said he felt betrayed by United and did not respect Dutchman Ten Hag in a controversial TalkTV interview with Piers Morgan.

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Al Nassr played for the first time since Friday’s announcement at Al Khaleej, winning 1-0 to go top of the league.

Reports last night claim Ronaldo could face Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain in an all-star friendly against a combined XI from Saudi sides Al Nassr and Al Hilal.

Meanwhile Rio Ferdinand, a team-mate of Ronaldo during his first spell at Old Trafford, defended his decision to make the switch to Saudi.

He said: “For any footballer at whatever level, happiness and the environment you’re playing in is one of the most important things.

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“He hasn’t been happy for a while so I’m pleased he’s on the verge of finding that happiness and going on to pastures new, albeit in a country that not many people expected him to go.

“There’s only two sad things for me. The way it ended at Man Utd, I’m sad about that.

“The way the World Cup ended for him, a tinge of sadness, in terms of being on the bench, not having a huge impact in his last one.

“But this next chapter going to Saudi Arabia, how do you look at that as a sadness? A sad way to end his career? I don’t understand how people are saying that.”



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