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Bernardo Silva reveals Portugal dressing room reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo interview

Bernardo Silva insists Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial interview is not impacting Portugal’s World Cup preparations, as he brushed off questions about his international teammate. Manchester City forward Bernardo and Manchester United icon Ronaldo are Premier League rivals but international colleagues and are both expected to play important roles for Portugal at the Qatar World Cup, which begins this weekend. However, back in Manchester, Ronaldo’s TV interview with Piers Morgan has sent shockwaves through United, who are considering terminating the contract of their number seven for possible breach of contract.

 

United are furious with Ronaldo following his extensive interview with Piers Morgan this week in which the 37-year-old hit out at Erik ten Hag, the Glazer family and the attitude of the club’s younger players. Ronaldo was suspended by United last month after his refusal to come on as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford, but was allowed to return to the squad by Ten Hag. However, this week’s interview with TalkTV has now effectively ended Ronaldo’s second stint at United as the club are taking steps to cancel his contract.

 

Ronaldo is set to be sacked by Manchester United, following his bombshell interview in which he trashed the club and said he had no respect for boss Erik ten Hag. But Manchester City midfielder Bernardo insisted the controversy surrounding Ronaldo had not been a distraction to Portugal’s players ahead of the tournament. Bernardo said the mood among the squad in Qatar is “top, top, top”. He told a press conference: “The news that comes from England has nothing to do with the Selecao [Portugal squad]. It doesn’t concern me, it concerns Cristiano. I don’t have to comment. “It’s a matter for Cristiano, I’m not a Manchester United player and even if I was I would not answer that, because we’re in the national team so I’m not going to talk about it.”

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