Portugal coach Santos insists squad happy amid Man Utd striker Ronaldo fallout

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial interview this week has not caused a distraction to Portugal’s World Cup preparations, insists boss Fernando Santos.

The star, 37, has caused shockwaves at Old Trafford after a number of bombshells.

But when asked whether the ex-Real Madrid forward’s comments have had any impact on his team ahead of the World Cup, Santos was adamant they had nothing to do with the national team.

He said: “The player decided to give an interview as many others have. It’s a personal interview, very personal actually, and we have to respect that.

“Isn’t Cristiano Ronaldo a free man?… It was his decision and we have to understand and respect it.

“The only thing we talk about is the preparation for Qatar. It [the interview] does not affect us at all.”