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‘I want to stay here’: Bruno Fernandes has sent clear message to Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes has revealed that he has already spoken with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS over his future at the club.

The Portugual international has been United’s best creative player for the past four years and he continues to remain an undisputed starter.

There has been some talk of interest from Saudi Arabia in him, but the 29-year-old is clearly focused on the project ahead under the new management.

In an exclusive interview with A Bola, Fernandes revealed that he has already had a meeting with the new owners and has a clear plan to stay at the club.

The playmaker added that he wants to be part of a project that will have everything to compete with Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool for the title.

He said as quoted by Fabrizio Romano: “I’ve already had a meeting with the new owners. They want to meet with the players and have already done so individually, and that’s exactly the message I passed on.”

“I want to stay here, I want to be part of a project that has feet, legs, torso and head, everything we need to be able to compete with Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, who are the clubs that have been in the best shape.”

Fernandes remains a key figure for Man Utd

Fernandes has not been at his best in the current campaign. He has still registered eight goals and nine assists from 38 appearances across all competitions.

There is currently no competition for the Portuguese in the number 10 role. Mason Mount could compete with him in future, but he has yet to prove himself.

The former Chelsea man has had an injury-plagued debut campaign. He only recently made his comeback after a four-month lay-off with a calf problem.

Hence, Fernandes is an undisputed starter for the Red Devils. He will be hoping that Ratcliffe will add more quality such that United can challenge for the title.

In the short run, the club will be aiming to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four finish.

United are currently nine points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa with a game in hand while they are six adrift of Tottenham Hotspur, who are fifth in the standings.

On paper, the Red Devils have the better fixtures for the season run-in and should fancy their prospects of leapfrogging the duo to the Champions League berth.

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