Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has admitted that he was furious when a possible move to Tottenham fell through before he eventually joined the Red Devils in 2020. The 28-year-old made the switch to Old Trafford from Sporting for a transfer fee of around £47million and has since established himself as certainly one of United’s most influential players in the course of the park.
It could have all turned out very otherwise for Fernandes, though, if Sporting had allowed him to affix Tottenham when the north Londoners got here calling just months before he signed for United. They made a suggestion that fell wanting Sporting’s demands, with the Portuguese club’s refusal to just accept the bid leaving Fernandes hugely frustrated behind closed doors.
“Obviously I desired to go to the Premier League,” Fernandes told The Athletic when quizzed on Tottenham’s failed pursuit of his signature.
“The manager, Mauricio Pochettino, was the one who wanted me there. It was offer but Sporting tried their best to maintain me.
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“The president spoke with me but he spoke with me on the mistaken day. It was the day after they decided to refuse the offer from Tottenham and I used to be really offended [but] luckily for me, the manager [Marcel Keizer] was the appropriate one at the appropriate time.”
Fernandes would eventually get his move to England on the very next opportunity, with United snapping him up in January 2020 on a five-and-a-half-year contract. He was rewarded with a recent and improved deal earlier this yr to bring his salary consistent with the Premier League’s highest earners and keep him tied down until the summer of 2026.
The midfielder went on to elucidate that he managed to endear himself to United consequently of his passionate approach to the sport, with one particular showing against Porto catching the attention of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“Initially of January, my agent said you don’t must worry because any time I bring you a club, it is going to be a dream club for you,” added Fernandes.
“He knew that the dream club was Man United. Ole was a giant a part of that because he actually went to see my games. He saw me moaning so much in that game against Porto, I moaned so much against their players, against the referees.
“I moan against everyone who’s against me, not those that are with me. Ole saw someone that was passionate and it helped him sign me for the club.”
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