FIFA president, Sepp Blatter spoke out on the Cristiano Ronaldo transfer saga in an interview given to Sky Sports.
He told Sky sports that too many clubs were signing players to long term contracts in order to prevent them from moving to other clubs. . “I think in football there is too much modern slavery, transferring players or buying players here and there, and putting them somewhere,” Blatter said. “And we are trying now to intervene in such cases.”
The new FIFA regulations allow players to terminate their contracts prematurely if they play less than 10% of their club’s matches during one season.
The players also have an option to walk out on their contract after two or three years, depending on their age, as long as the club is compensated.
When Blatter was asked about the situation that has befallen Cristiano Ronaldo, his response to Sky Sports was that Manchester United should let the player go. “If the player wants to play somewhere else, then a solution should be found,” he said. “Because if he stays in a club where he does not feel comfortable to play then it’s no good for the player and for the club.”
Cristiano has responded to Blatter’s inference to slavery by saying that those comments were correct. “I completely agree with the FIFA president. The president is correct, but I do not want to say more.”
Ronaldo told media that there is no agreement with Real Madrid, and that he still does not know where he will be playing next season.
Sepp Blatter also encouraged Real Madrid and Manchester United to sit together if Ronaldo wants the move to the Spanish Champions.
“The important thing is we should also protect the player,” Blatter told Sky News.
“I’m always in favour of protecting the player and if the player wants to leave, let him leave.”