Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has said he is “sad” to hear that the club has begun the process of sacking Cristiano Ronaldo after his interview with Piers Morgan.
It is understood United began the legal process to effectively sack Ronaldo by tearing up his £500,000-a-week contract.
Neville wrote on Twitter on Friday that a “mature conversation” between all parties involved “could have secured a smooth exit”.
He wrote: “Sadly it has reached a point where United’s greatest ever talent has the potential to be sent off.
“It didn’t have to be that way. A mature conversation a few weeks ago between the two parties might have secured a smooth exit.”
United want to wrap up Ronaldo’s £500,000-a-week deal without paying him a penny of the £16m he would have received until it expires in June.
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