Ronaldo and United have agreed upon a “mutual” termination of their contract This followed after he made several critical comments about the club in an interview with Piers Morgan, including that he did not respect manager Erik ten Haag.
Fernandez is part of portugal Team up with Ronaldo for the World Cup in Qatar but said he bore no ill will towards the 37-year-old despite his explosive comments.
“I don’t feel uncomfortable and I don’t need to choose a side,” Fernandes said at a press conference on Wednesday.
“Playing with Cristiano at the club was a privilege, a dream and I have always said this. Cristiano has always been an inspiration to me. Playing with Cristiano was a dream come true, it was great for me. I And good while it lasted. Cristiano made a different decision for his life, for his career, and we have to respect those decisions. Every decision has to be respected.”
Fernandes was asked to explain a video that appeared online in the days following Ronaldo’s interview that showed an awkward exchange between the pair. This led to speculation that the interview in the United dressing room had not gone down well, but Fernandes said that was not the case.
“I was on the plane for two hours so I was not in that kind of mood,” Fernandes said and joked.
“They have their own plane, they have that possibility and I wasn’t able to join them. When we have that possibility there are delays and things like that. He could laugh, I can’t.”
“We know these issues can affect individual players but Cristiano may have been concerned at a particular moment but we know what the World Cup means to Cristiano. I am sure his focus will always be there.”
Following the news on Tuesday that Ronaldo would be leaving United with immediate effect, the club’s owners, the Glazer family, revealed they are open to selling the club He has owned it since 2005.
Fernandes, however, says the uncertainty at Old Trafford will not affect his focus on the World Cup, where the game against Portugal begins Ghana on Thursday.
“I am not worried at all about the future of the club or the decisions of the club,” he said. “My focus here is on the World Cup, and I want to give my best to represent my country.”