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Ronaldo’s partnership with United is a dream but nothing lasts

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DOHA: Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes said it was a dream to play with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, but “nothing lasts forever”.

The forward parted ways with the Premier League side by mutual consent on Tuesday and is looking for a new club, with Portugal set to start their World Cup campaign against Ghana on Thursday (today).

Along with Ronaldo’s departure, Manchester United also issued a bulletin stating that the club could be sold by the owners of the Glazer family.

Ronaldo, 37, spoke out in a controversial interview last week in which he criticized coach Erik ten Hag and the club itself, sparking his eventual departure.

“I don’t feel uncomfortable, I don’t have to pick a team. It was a dream to play with Cristiano at United but nothing lasts forever,” Fernandez told a news conference on Wednesday.

“It’s his career and we have to respect decisions like that, every decision has to be respected regardless of whether you agree or not.

“As players, but also as parents and siblings, we know it can be difficult to make some decisions but those decisions have to be made for the wellness of ourselves and our families.”

Fernandes and Ronaldo were pictured sharing a frosty interaction last week in the aftermath of the interview, but the striker said he was just joking, after the former arrived late at the Portugal camp.

“I was on a plane for two hours, so I wasn’t in the same mood,” he made a joke. When you take normal flights, this kind of thing happens. He has his (own) plane and this time I wasn’t? Fernandez said.

“When we can, we travel together, and when you’re on normal trips, these things happen, he can laugh, and I couldn’t.”

Portugal coach Fernando Santos has claimed that Ronaldo’s acrimonious split from Manchester United has not been discussed by the players as far as he is aware.

He said in a press conference: “While we live together on the field, whenever we are together, playing and training, the conversation did not come at any moment, not even from him (Ronaldo).”

“If they’re just talking about it in their rooms, I can’t say. The players are completely focused, with great spirit, convinced of what they have to do, what their goals are and realistic about the challenges they face.

“Winning a competition of this magnitude is difficult.”

Ghana coach Otto Addo believes that Portugal will not be affected by Ronaldo’s separation from Manchester United.

“I don’t care, it’s not our problem and I don’t think it’s a big deal,” Addo told a news conference on Wednesday.

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