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Ralf Rangnick reacts to Bruno Fernandes’ new contract at Man Utd

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has expressed his pleasure after midfielder Bruno Fernandes put pen-to-paper on a new long-term contract with the club.

The Portugal international joined the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020. He has since been their best performer, registering a stunning tally of 49 goals and 39 assists from 117 games.

For a number of weeks, it was being reported that he was ready to commit to a new improved deal. He has now officially signed a fresh contract until June 2026 with the option for another 12 months.

When asked about the renewal, Rangnick admitted that’s ‘very good news’ for the Red Devils and added to highlight that the 27-year-old is a ‘very important player’.

He told Manutd.com: “Yeah, I think that’s very good news for the club, for the fans, the supporters, also for Bruno.”

“I think, to know that he will be here for the next five years, I suppose.

“I mean, there’s no doubt that he’s a very important player for this club and for this team, and, as I said, that’s great news.”

Before Fernandes’ arrival, United were yearning for creativity from the number 10 role. The Portuguese has not only filled the void but also exceeded expectations.

While he was fancied to add more goals and assists, not many would have expected him to settle with ease. He made a stunning 45 goal contributions in his first full season.

This campaign, it has been much more trickier for him, but the playmaker has still turned up with nine goals and 14 assists and will be crucial to the club’s top four pursuit.

United are presently four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand. The onus is on them to build a winning streak to pile the pressure on the Gunners.

They are scheduled to host Leicester City at Old Trafford this evening. On paper, the Red Devils are favourites, but Brendan Rodgers’ side have won the last three meetings.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com

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