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“It’s my decision” – Manchester United star refuses to talk about Ronaldo, “will not answer that question”

Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments about Manchester United in an interview with Piers Morgan have created a huge earthquake around the footballing world.

Not only do they affect the club he is contracted to and his national team ahead of the World Cup, but they also bring his teammates into the fold, as journalists cannot help but ask questions about the whole drama.

Take Victor Lindelöf, for example, who has been called up by Sweden for some friendly games, and it didn’t take long for someone to ask him about the Manchester United situation.

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The defender was having none of it, though, as he immediately made it clear that he would not be answering questions about his Old Trafford teammate.

Relayed by Fotbollskanalen, he said: “I do not know. I will not answer that question. You get to take the next question.”

Asked if Manchester United had asked him to keep quiet about it all, Lindelöf made it clear: “It’s my decision.”

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Then came comments from Niclas Green, the national team’s acting press manager, who clarified the situation fully.

He said: “He doesn’t want to talk about this. It came up during a conversation we had. It’s something to do with his club and employer. It really has nothing to do with this context. He wants to talk about the national team.

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“My job is partly to create a good environment for people to be able to perform in. My job is to make sure that you can do a sensible job but also that the players can perform. This is something that can typically create a huge energy leak in many directions and edges.”

Lindelöf has played fairly regularly under Erik ten Hag this season at Manchester United, making 11 appearances in all competitions, although only five of those have come int he Premier League.

“Disproportionate ego” – Manchester United’s Ronaldo slammed, “always put his selfishness first”

As the fall out from Cristiano Ronaldo’s bombshell interview about Manchester United continues, the list of pundits, analysts and former football people commenting on it grows.

Today it’s the turn of Antonio Cassano, who has surprisingly not jumped to Ronaldo’s defence but criticised the Portuguese star.

Ronaldo released his exclusive interview with Piers Morgan on Sunday, blasting the club, former managers and players in a series of controversial quotes.

The reaction has been exactly as he had hoped, putting the focus entirely on him ahead of the World Cup and driving a rift between himself and Manchester United that will surely lead to a parting of the ways in the January transfer window.

For the most part he has been criticised for his actions, with few understanding his decision to release the interview mere days before the start of the World Cup.

That’s created an unnecessary distraction for the Portugal squad, who are now dealing with the fallout and increased media attention because of Ronaldo’s presence.

One man who has been left unimpressed is Cassano, who has criticised the Manchester United forward and gone in hard on his personality in the process.

“Now I say that Ronaldo does not have the courage to admit that for three years he is no longer himself,” he told Bobo TV, relayed by Area Napoli.

“This year he had to go to Sporting Lisbon and then quit after the World Cup. He’s a problem for the coaches, he puts his teammates in trouble. He didn’t even call Benzema to congratulate him.

“He has a blindfold in front of his eyes and thinks he can play until he’s 50. Dear Ronaldo, I tell you one thing: finish big with the World Cup.

“He can’t keep throwing tantrums and he can’t think he can still play at a high level. He has such a disproportionate ego, but he is not like Messi who can also play sitting down.

“He can’t physically cope anymore. He is confirming that he always puts his selfishness first.”

Source: http://sportwitness.co.uk

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