Cristiano Ronaldo has finally broken his silence on matters at Manchester United after it was reported he has asked his agent to find him a new club.
Though he has scored 14 goals in 21 games since returning to the Red Devils in August last year, the team has found itself in a battle for top four this season when the idea was that United would be challenging to win the Premier League.
Amid the club's struggles, reports around Europe suggest Ronaldo would be tempted to leave United come the end of the season should the 20-time English champions fail to improve from now until May.
While that could very well be the case, the 36-year-old has addressed other squad-related issues in his wide-ranging interview with Sky Sports, in which he was asked whether the side could compete without the correct mindset.
"Impossible - I think it's the main point. I don't accept that our mentality is less than being in the top three in the Premier League," he said.
"I think to build up good things, sometimes you have to destroy a few things. So why not - new year, new life and I hope that Manchester (United) can be the level that the fans want. They deserve that.
"We are capable of changing things now. I know the way but I'm not going to mention it here because I don't think it's ethical on my part to say that. What I can say is we can do better - all of us. Manchester (United) belongs to important things, so we have to change that.
"I don't want to be here to be in sixth place, or seventh place, or fifth place. I'm here to try to win, to compete.
"I think we compete but we are not yet at our best level. But we have a long way to improve and I believe if we change our mind, we can achieve big things."
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Ronaldo then appeared to send a message of support to interim boss Ralf Rangnick, whom he strongly believes needs time to implement his philosophy on the team.
"Since he arrived five weeks ago he changed many things," he added. "But he needs time to put his ideas across to the players.
"It takes time but I believe that he is going to do a good job. We know we aren't playing the best football but we have many games to improve.
"Since he arrived I think in some points we are better, but he needs time. It's not that easy to change the mentality of players and the way they play, the culture, the system like that. I believe that he is going to do a good job."
Below are pictures of the Ferrari Ronaldo added to his car collection earlier this year: