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Bruno Fernandes has revealed that he seriously considered his long-term future at Manchester United before signing his current deal at Old Trafford and held an honest meeting with Red Devils director John Murtough as a way to relay his concerns. The Portuguese midfielder committed to United back in April by penning a contract until the summer of 2026 with an option for one more yr and has began in all but one in every of the club’s Premier League matches for the reason that start of the season.

It could have all ended up so in another way for Fernandes, though, if he had given up on United last yr at the tip of a troubled campaign that saw Ralf Rangnick drafted in to regular the ship after the mid-season sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 29-year-old told The Athletic that he requested a gathering with Murtough and Darren Fletcher before signing his contract as a way to establish whether or not the club actually had a plan for the long run after being left concerned by the degrees of instability on show at Old Trafford lately.

“I had a conversation last yr with the club when everyone knew that Ralf was not the coach for the long run,” said Fernandes. “When the club decided that I spoke to the club and I said I need to be an answer for the club, I need to be helpful for the club, but I also need to know where we’re going. Is there a plan, is there a future?

“This was before I signed my recent contract because I said to the club, obviously money is essential, nobody can hide that, it’s at all times vital to earn increasingly and more in football or life, whatever job you do, you usually wish to have one of the best for yourself. But at the moment, for me I said I’m on good money, I don’t desire a recent contract without knowing that now we have a superb future within the club.

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“I need to know where we’re going, I don’t have to know who the manager is, but I need to know just as a club, do you’re thinking that now we have a future? Do you’ve a plan for the long run? What are your thoughts on where we are able to go? What does the club want? Does the club want to realize trophies or does the club wish to construct something to go to the Champions League?

“Because for me, that’s not enough and the club demands more, the history of this club, the standard of the players now we have, it demands greater than just being here and fighting for fourth place. It demands trophies, it demands at the very least fighting for trophies. We don’t should win all of the trophies but now we have to fight for the trophies and as a club and the standard of players, now we have the standard to try this and we’ve been showing that, so I just need to know if that is the long run.”

Fernandes arrived at United to considerable fanfare in 2020 and quickly established himself as one in every of the squad’s higher players, although the promise of a daily place within the side was not enough by itself to persuade him to remain and commit the prime years of his profession to the Red Devils.

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“The club has said they’ve a plan, that is what they need, we agree with you that the extent of the club needs to be higher than it has been previously, we are able to achieve rather more, we are able to do rather more and that’s why I actually have never had my head out of here but just ensuring the club continues to be in the identical direction that it was once I signed,” added Fernandes.

“[I spoke to] John and Darren Fletcher because they’re the people who find themselves closer for the players to consult with. In order that was the conversation I had with them, to grasp that the aim for the club continues to be the identical they said to me once I signed in 2020.”

United can be counting on Fernandes to tug the strings in Saturday’s hotly-anticipated derby against Manchester City, who gave the Red Devils a footballing lesson within the reverse fixture on the Etihad Stadium earlier this season. Erik ten Hag’s side have won each of their last eight matches in all competitions, though, and can be confident of getting a result when the 2 clubs renew their rivalry at Old Trafford this weekend.

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