Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has revealed he was ‘really angry’ about not being allowed to join Tottenham Hotspur.
The Portuguese playmaker has become a key figure at United since his £47million move from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020. But Fernandes at one point was very close to joining Premier League top-four rivals Spurs instead of the Red Devils.
He had just been named Primeira Liga player of the year in the summer of 2019 and attracted attention from the north Londoners, but ended up staying due to Spurs’ offer falling short of Sporting’s valuation. And the 28-year-old was ‘really angry’ at Sporting’s refusal to let him pursue a dream move to the Premier League.
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Fernandes told The Athletic: “Obviously I wanted to go to the Premier League. The manager, Mauricio Pochettino, was the one who wanted me there. It was a good offer but Sporting tried their best to keep me.”
He added: “The president [Frederico Varandas] spoke with me but he spoke with me on the wrong day. It was the day after they decided to refuse the offer from Tottenham and I was really angry. Luckily for me, the manager [Marcel Keizer] was the right one at the right time.”
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Fernandes did not have to wait long to achieve his dream of playing English football. And he made an instant impact, scoring eight and registering seven assists in his 14 games that season.
The midfielder went on to become one of the league’s standout stars the following campaign in his first full season at Old Trafford. He scored a whopping 28 goals across all competitions as United reached the Europa League final while earning himself a spot in the PFA Team of the Year.
After a lacklustre season for the club in 2021/22 which saw United play under three managers, it now appears both United and Fernandes himself are slowly re-finding their old form. The Red Devils have won six games on the trot under Erik ten Hag, including victories over Liverpool and Arsenal.
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