Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes has confirmed that there was interest in signing him from Saudi Arabian clubs during the summer transfer window.
The Portuguese has been one of United’s best-ever signings. He has registered 68 goals and 57 assists from 202 appearances across all competitions for the club.
He is currently the first name on the team sheet under manager Erik ten Hag and the club are unlikely to entertain his departure any time soon with his consistency.
Despite this, there has been speculation over Saudi interest. When asked about it, Fernandes revealed that there were contacts last summer but no proposals were made to him.
The Portuguese added that he is doing well at United. He is the captain of one of the best clubs in the world and is not contemplating the prospect of moving to the Middle East.
However, the midfielder refused to rule out a transfer in the future. The 29-year-old mentioned that he will make a decision when the proposals arrive from the Saudi Pro League.
He said (via Sport): “Nothing has come yet. No one spoke to me. There were contacts in the summer. I am doing well at United despite the difficulties we are going through.”
“This is something that neither warms nor cools me. I am captain of one of the best clubs in the world, I have two children… only when the proposals arrive can I say if I am willing to go.”
Man Utd must keep Fernandes for several more seasons
Fernandes has been United’s stand-out performer since his arrival from Sporting in January 2020.
The midfielder’s consistency has been exceptional. He has the ability to make goal contributions in crunch situations. The Portuguese recently scored a dramatic late winner against Fulham on the road.
Hence, he is the last player that United should contemplate selling for any price. The huge spending from Saudi clubs has sent shockwaves around Europe, considering the huge weekly wages on offer.
This has already tempted several outstanding players, but United must keep hold of Fernandes even if it means to hand him a new long-term contract with an improved salary.
Fernandes, who has been described as ‘World-class‘ by Gary Neville, is undoubtedly the club’s most creative player. The club should keep him for many seasons to come.
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