Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has admitted he was furious when a potential move to Tottenham fell through before eventually moving to the Red Devils in 2020. The 28-year-old made the switch from Sporting to Old Trafford for a transfer fee of around £££. 47 million and has since established himself as one of United’s most influential players at the center of the park.
However, things could have turned out very differently for Fernandes, had Sporting allowed him to go to Tottenham when the North Londoners called, just months before signing with United. They made an offer that fell short of Sporting’s demands, with the Portuguese club’s refusal to accept the offer leaving Fernandes hugely frustrated behind closed doors.
“Obviously I wanted to go to the Premier League,” Fernandes told The Athletic when questioned about Tottenham’s failed attempt to sign.
“The manager, Mauricio Pochettino, was the one who wanted me there. It was a good offer, but Sporting did their best to keep me.”
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“The president spoke to me, but he spoke to me on the wrong day. It was the day after they decided to decline Tottenham’s offer and I was really angry [but] lucky for me the manager [Marcel Keizer] was the right one at the right time.”
Fernandes would eventually move to England at the earliest opportunity, with United signing him in January 2020 on a five and a half year contract. He was rewarded earlier this year with a new and improved deal to align his salary with the Premier League’s highest earners and keep him until the summer of 2026.
The midfielder went on to explain that he managed to endear himself to United as a result of his impassioned approach to the game, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drawing attention at one point against Porto.
“At the beginning of January my agent said not to worry because every time I bring you a club it will be a dream club for you,” Fernandes added.
“He knew the dream club was Man United. Ole was a big part of that because he really went to watch my matches. He saw me moan a lot in that game against Porto, I complained a lot to their players, to the referees.
“I moan at everyone who is against me, not at those who are with me. Ole saw someone who was passionate and it helped him sign me for the club.”
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