Man United midfielder Fernandes is set to play alongside former Man United teammate Ronaldo at the World Cup
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has said that he does not “have to pick a side” after he was asked about Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from the club.
United confirmed Ronaldo‘s exit from the club in a statement on Tuesday evening. It read: “The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.
“Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.”
Ronaldo responded with a message of his own, saying: “Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early. I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.
“I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.”
Ronaldo is currently in Qatar as his Portugal side prepare for their first World Cup match against Ghana on Thursday. At a pre-match press conference, Fernandes was asked for his thoughts on his compatriot’s exit from Old Trafford.
He said: “It was good for me while it lasted. Now Cristiano has taken a different decision for his career and his family and we have to respect that.
“I haven’t discussed the topic with Cris. We’re all focused on the national team and the World Cup. I don’t feel uncomfortable. I don’t have to pick a side. It was a dream come true to play with Cristiano [at United] but nothing lasts forever.
“We know what the World Cup means to Cristiano and his focus has always been there. He didn’t tell me about his decision. It’s a personal decision and it concerns him and his family. We haven’t talked about it. Everyone here is focused on the goal, the national team and the World Cup.”