|Desc||Fernandes was heavily linked with a big move in the summer but stayed at Lisbon. The midfielder scored a total of 31 goals during the 2018/19 season and has already scored 13 this time around. Surely a big move beckons for the Portuguese|
|Org||Portugal National Team|
|Club as Player||Manchester United|
- 2019 06 09
- Portugal’s Bruno Fernandes poses with the trophy at the end of the UEFA Nations League final soccer match between Portugal and Netherlands at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal
2019 07 23 Retrieve
[Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes has said a potential move to Manchester United is out of his hands as he is not the one to decide] I don’t care about the transfer market. I’ve talked about this a lot, I don’t need to talk anymore. I already said I would like to play in England. When the club decides [is when it will happen]. I’m not in charge
[When asked whether United is a potential destination] I’m not the one to decide. I am not the president of Sporting
[Sporting will face Champions League holders Liverpool in a pre-season friendly in New York on Wednesday. On whether it could be his final match for the team] It is the coach who decides if it will be the last
2019 08 01 Retrieve
[Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, now Bruno Fernandes: Man Utd’s potential new Portuguese sensation] I find it hard to define myself. I play midfielder, playmaker, even second striker: where I am needed and where I can be most useful
[while the likes of Roberto Pereyra, Luis Muriel, Alex Meret and Duvan Zapata all made their mark on Italian football during Fernandes’ four-year spell in Udine, the Portuguese himself struggled, with just 11 goals and 13 assists to show from 95 games when he moved on in 2016. It was a similar story at Sampdoria, where he racked up five goals and two assists in his one season stay before joining Sporting. So what has made the difference?] I have grown so much. At Sporting I have found the trust and I am at home. I had the chance to come and I immediately picked it up. There are those who say that defeats teach a lot, but also learning to win is not bad
2019 08 31 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes has revealed that he had agreed to join Tottenham during the summer transfer window, but that Sporting blocked the move] As you all know, Tottenham made a lot of proposals for me. Everything was right with me - or practically should be. I never made any big demands, my manager was always dealing with the finances. It was, and is my goal to play in England, Sporting know that, everyone knows that, and there were conditions for things to be done. But Sporting understood that the value was not enough and I have to respect the decision
[Although only having a £31m release clause in his contract, Fernandes has emphasised his commitment to his current club] Any player has to be motivated to stay in a club like Sporting, a great club that strives for great goals. Having the dream of playing in England did not prevent continuity at Sporting. Sporting made the decision not to sell me also because they believed in my worth and for believing that the values that were offered by me were not enough. I have to be flattered that Sporting does not accept values that for them are low and for me it has to be proud of the club to think I’m worth more
2019 11 15 Retrieve
[Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes has dreams to fulfil away from the club] I’m not worried at all [about transfer window speculation]. Since 2016, there’s been talk about my possible departure. I’m well, doing my job and doing the best I can. I have dreams to fulfil but I have no need to force my departure. I feel the love here and if I have to leave, I hope I leave good memories
2019 11 26 Retrieve
[Man Utd target Bruno Fernandes signs new Sporting contract] For me it is a great source of pride and recognition of my work, it is a sign that I am doing well. I have been doing everything possible to do my best for the club. [The new contract] is because of what I have done on the pitch, but it also shows that I love being at Sporting and I am proud to represent this club. You can expect more and even better things from me. I promise to show the same commitment and dedication so we can have more moments of glory than last season
2019 12 31 Retrieve
[Sporting playmaker Bruno Fernandes has claimed that he was eager to seal a move to Tottenham during the summer transfer window] In the summer I thought I could go out. I believed it was a good time to leave due to many factors. I made the best time of my career to date. After the UEFA Nations League, there were already many contacts, especially with Tottenham. It was the team that wanted me the most and was the only one I agreed to talk with, because there were other clubs that didn’t interest me or whose project was not up to my expectations.
Tottenham fit into everything I wish I had at that moment. It is an appealing championship. Knowing that Tottenham would be willing to pay for me and make every possible effort to take me, leaves a player eager to take that step. Regardless, I always kept my word that it was up to Sporting to decide whether or not to leave. Nothing changed my desire to be here and to want to stay here. Sporting nurtured me, gave me a lot. It was a source of great pride and honour to continue representing Sporting. Obviously, the transfer market moves any player, especially when we know which clubs are behind us or want us, but I’ve always tried to stay focused because the image I want to leave at Sporting is that. Until the last day I am here, I will always do my best and continue to do my best
I don’t know if the dream can wait long, I don’t know if clubs are willing to wait long or not, but if a club really wants me, whether today or tomorrow, I think it will try. If not try it is because the interest is not so great. I am not outstanding. I am not Cristiano Ronaldo, I am not Lionel Messi, I have the notion of that. I still have a lot to grow, but when I want to leave Sporting I want it to be what it was like when I came to Sporting: the club wanted me, nurtured me, gave me everything I needed to grow and today I am what I’m because of Sporting
2020 01 29 Retrieve
[Man United on brink of signing long-time target Bruno Fernandes] Hello Sporting fans. I wanted to say ‘see you soon’ because I won’t stop following your games. It was a pleasure to be here with you. It was a pleasure to wear these colors, to be able to wear the Lion on my chest
2020 01 30 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes: Cristiano Ronaldo ignited my love for Man Utd] My love of Manchester United really started when I used to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play and ever since then I have been a big fan of this great club. For me to now play for Manchester United feels incredible, I have worked hard to get to this moment and I can promise the fans that I will give everything for the badge to help bring us more success and trophies. I want to thank Sporting for everything they have done for me. It is surreal to hear the nice words that have been said about me from players that used to play for this team. A massive thank you to Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] and everyone at Manchester United for the trust they have shown in me and I can’t wait to start to repay that on the pitch
2020 01 31 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes plans to write ‘different history’ to Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd] I saw many games in Portugal because they show the games there and I followed Manchester United more when Cristiano was here. He’s a big player and I see him as an idol and I want to be in the form like Cristiano showed
Sporting had a friendly match against Manchester [United] and he played really well like he does always and of course the fans were excited about him. Now I want to write my history, different to Cristiano because he is the best player in the world. He has played 15 years at the top and it’s difficult to do this, but I want to give my best to write my name in the history of Manchester United
[Fernandes admits to having spoken to Ronaldo – his captain at international level – about a move to the Premier League] Yes, I talked about Manchester United with Cristiano. He just said good things about United. He said he started living his dream here and he started being a really good player here. I think he is happy with my transfer and I also talked with Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] and he said he asked Cristiano about me and he said good things about me which is good. Cristiano plays with me in the national team and he knows me, and for me he’s a good person. I want to follow his steps
I have had the opportunity to play with big players who do big things in the Premier League and other championships and I’m very happy to learn from them, and Nani is no exception. I played with him, he was my captain at Sporting and I learnt some things from him. He sent me a message the other day and said he was very happy for me with my move
2020 01 31b Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes follows in Scholes’ footsteps at Man Utd by taking No.18 shirt] You’re happy when you win and if your team scores you are closer to a win. So I think it’s the same. Of course every player wants to score, it’s the most important part of the game, scoring goals and winning games. For me it’s really the same, assist or goal, I don’t choose. If I can do one of them or both it’s good, the most important thing is the team winning
[Fernandes admits that he is now living the dream] Yes, it was my dream to play in the Premier League and fortunately for me my dream is also to play for Manchester United. I’m really excited. I want to help everyone and learn from the experienced players. I’m really excited. I want to play and be able to play as soon as possible and to give the best I can
2020 02 18 Retrieve
[Fernandes sees plenty of room for improvement after Man Utd’s win] I’m really happy. It’s a difficult game against Chelsea. They are a great team and we needed to win to keep fourth [place in reach]. I think we can do much better with the ball but it was a good game against a good team. They are really good with the ball but we played our game and won
I feel good, obviously. I’m playing for, I think, the biggest club in England and I’m really happy. It’s a dream come true
2020 02 22 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes reveals why he thanked Cristiano Ronaldo after making Man Utd move] I’m a Cristiano Ronaldo fan and he’s a player I’ve always followed. When Cristiano burst on to the scene here in Manchester, he spent a good chunk of his early career here and enjoyed so much success. That’s why it was a dream of mine to play for Manchester United and I’m very pleased to be here because it’s a childhood dream come true. I think any player who joins Manchester United wants to win everything; I want to win every competition that Manchester United compete in. I’m an ambitious player who wants success and I want to win every game in every competition we’re in
I didn’t speak to [Ronaldo] before coming but did after my arrival. I know some people asked Cristiano what he thought of me and what I was like as a player and a person. I know he spoke highly of me and gave me a good reference, so I sent him a message after to thank him for his kind words
I’m a person who demands a lot from myself and always want more and to do better. That’s why, regardless of the transfer fee, I wanted to keep improving and be a better player
2020 02 23 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes declared that he will help Manchester United realise their dreams of a Champions League homecoming] This is what I want to do and what I need to do. Everyone knows we want to get into the Champions League places. I am here to help the team conquer this place and keep winning games. This is the day every player wants to have. I feel lucky to score, I feel lucky to win the game. We all gave our best and we all deserved the win. I just need to help the team, it’s what I want to do, it’s what I need to do. I hope Martial scores more goals too like he did tonight
[Fernandes became the first United player in Premier League history to score a penalty as his first goal for the club] It’s the way I shoot a penalty, it’s where I feel confident. I do not shoot just that way but it felt the best way today
2020 03 02 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes has insisted he can do much better for Manchester United] In the second half, we created a lot of chances and the last minutes we had some chances to score and the last one with Ighalo if he scores there now we are talking about a different situation. Also I had some shots outside of the box and I can do much better, but obviously the game goes like this, and we need to focus on the game against Derby
[Fernandes added on Pickford’s failure to get a strong hand to his first-half strike] It was a shot. I am happy the ball goes in, it doesn’t matter how it goes in, the important thing is the goal. You are never happy when you don’t win a game but obviously the game was really difficult and I think one point can be good, but three points would be much better
2020 03 12 Retrieve
[Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes says Guardiola didn’t deserve his respect] I talked about this with some friends and some people think: ‘Pep won everything, who is Bruno to diss him?’, but I think it is about respect. Now, I think outside of the pitch I don’t do this again if I am on the pitch now. But, at that moment the words he told me made me mad, and on the pitch I am a little bit nervous, it is the kind of player I am. I have respect for Pep and what he won, and what he did for football because he changed some mentalities in football. But, at that moment he didn’t respect me and so he didn’t deserve my respect at that moment on the pitch. But for me it doesn’t matter. What goes on in the pitch, out of it, for me, it’s past
2020 03 14 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes: Man Utd improvement not all about me but decision to join was easy] The decision was easy because when I had the chance to come, I didn’t think twice. I talked with Sporting, who had already had some discussions with Man United about my transfer and when they talk with me, I told them my first choice was Man United and it’s what I need for my career. I see the same team from one month ago. I think we are the same and have a lot of hunger to win, to give a lot, to do better and better in every game. In the last month, we’ve had a lot of really good games and I think we can talk about a new start after Bruno, but it’s not about Bruno, it’s about the team. The team needs the right focus, the right decisions at the time and I think also if Bruno doesn’t come, Man United would win the same because one player doesn’t change a team. A team changes when everyone pushes together for the same side. When I arrived, I saw the team pushing for the same side and to win games, get better and I’m another player to help
It’s difficult because it’s been one month, but he’s always careful with the details and for me, that’s important because it is one of the things which changes football now is looking for the details. Now, every coach is really good, they look at each other and learn from each other and so the game is difficult. Now you have videos and most teams know what you will do, where you will place the ball, where they need to press so the game becomes harder and harder. I think he’s really good on this and he was a footballer so he knows when he needs to talk to players, when he needs to give q good word or sometimes come and push you to give more. I think when you have a past in football, you understand these things more than when you don’t have [a past]
But sometimes you have coaches who never play football and they also know this too so it depends coach from coach but I think Ole is really careful with these kind of points. He wants perfection, which is impossible, but he tries to ask more and more from us. I think the coach is always important for a new player when you come in. With me, it was really important because you need to feel confidence from the other side. When you need to change, and it’s a big change coming from another country to a big club with big players, you need to be ready. I think when I arrived here, the coach was really important but more than the coach was my team-mates because when you have the confidence of your team-mates, it’s much better and easier for you
2020 03 14b Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes considers himself to be ‘different from the others’ at Manchester United] I think I’m a different player from the others. Everyone has a different mould to play, maybe I take more risks, maybe other players don’t take as many, maybe I shoot more, some players pass more, some of the players make more tackles, everyone is different in a club. Some players are similar but they’re never the same player. I’m a player who normally likes to take the risk, give the last pass and try to give more assists to my team-mates so I need to take the risk. It doesn’t matter for me if someone off the field is not happy about my pass, I will respect it but I will keep trying.
Normally, everyone says the guys who are good on the ball are not good enough off the ball. I try to be better with the ball but also have in my mind these kinds of thing like the reaction when I lose it, being hungry when things don’t go wrong and hungry when you pass and it goes to your partner, but it’s not good enough and you need to do a little bit more.
I think I look at the details because if you want to be better and one of the best, you need to look at the details. It’s not about finishing the game and if you get an assist and have a good game, you don’t need to watch the game to see if you made some mistakes or not.
And when you think ‘today I didn’t play really well so I need to watch everything and see where I did my mistakes’. Sometimes, when I feel like I played a bad game, I don’t watch [it back]. I have in my mind that I need to do better and I know what I did wrong because you know what is the wrong pass, the wrong shot, the wrong decision and when you do well, you have to look.
Maybe you have an assist but you need to look at if that assist can be better because sometimes, it be better but you can’t do better. It’s difficult to explain but think I need to look at the details to be better.
2020 03 16 Retrieve
[Fernandes reveals words of encouragement from ‘idol’ Ronaldo] He welcomed me very well to the Portugal national team. We look at him as an idol, he has always been an idol for me. I followed his example, he is one of my favourites. When I was called up by Portugal, he came to me saying, ‘You are doing a good job at Sporting, I like it’. Words like these make the difference
When I arrived for the medicals, everything impressed me. At the training ground, you can find everything. At Old Trafford you warm up with nobody in the stands, you hear nothing in the tunnel, and then you enter the pitch and you hear an incredible noise. If you talk about stadiums that everyone knows, the most historic are San Siro and Old Trafford
2020 03 16b Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes did not want to take all the plaudits himself] We can talk about a new start after Bruno but it is not about Bruno, it is about the team. One player doesn’t change a team. The team changes when everyone pushes together for the same side. But the support I receive from the fans since the first day is amazing. I listened to the song they do for me and I was like, ‘I have been here for two days and I already have a song!’ The love they give me in this first month is really good
2020 03 16c Retrieve
[Fernandes wins Premier League Player of the Month award after impressive start to Man Utd career] Since I was a kid it was a dream to play for Man United, and to be there at Old Trafford is the biggest dream of my career. When you come to a new club you always want to score, and the first goal is special. It doesn’t matter how the goal is scored, but important is the goal’s worth. I’m happy with my start, but from now I need to give more, to be better
2020 03 27 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes aiming to match Ronaldo & Nani’s Man Utd trophy haul] Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani won big trophies here and that makes me want to achieve that. Nani, with whom I had the opportunity to train at Sporting, has always spoken well to me about Manchester United. And the fact that Cristiano has given a lot of good references to whoever spoke to him during my transfer makes me proud, for a player like him to recognise my worth
Never were the values so high as now. I think it’s an exaggeration. My transfer, the figure mentioned, the add-ons that could still be, the value that was paid for me was very high. Players that were bought at that value some time ago were Ballon d’Or winners
2020 04 09 Retrieve
[Ronaldo’s transfer to Man Utd fuelled Fernandes’ interest in ‘dream’ move to Old Trafford] For me, ever since I was a kid, it was a dream playing for Manchester United. United was and is one of the biggest clubs in the world. You look in the past and when I’m younger, you look at the players who play for Manchester United and you see the biggest stars in the world. I looked at Manchester with more interest when Cristiano was here because it’s normal when you have Portuguese players in some teams, you look at them more than other teams. But at that moment, I started to look at Manchester in a different way because you see Cristiano but then you see also the team and you have Paul Scholes, you have [Wayne] Rooney, you have [Ryan] Giggs and you have Roy Keane, [Eric] Cantona before. You have a lot of players … I don’t know … [Ruud] van Nistelrooy … I can stay here for hours saying all the names of players for Manchester United. Also, Nani, who’s played with me
[Joining] Manchester United was so easy because since I was a kid, it was a dream, so for me, doing this step, a big step to the Premier League to Manchester United was perfect
2020 04 09b Retrieve
[Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes shows off fresh goatee style] We’ve found the new Juan Sebastian Veron! But the hair, the hair needs to stay
Not like I need to come because the coach wants me to play, no, not like this, but I want to feel the confidence from the coach: ‘You come, you are a choice for me and you come. I need you, I want you
It’s not like you come and I ask, ‘But I will play?’ No, this for me is not the point. For me, the point is the confidence he has in me. If he has confidence in me, then the rest is working. I feel the confidence from the club and I feel also the confidence from the coach, Ole, and also if maybe the choice was not from the coach, I come. I come and I will show to the coach I can play, I can be a choice for him, because sometimes you need to press yourself to be better and give more
Maybe if I come and I am not the choice for the coach, I will know I need to give not 100 per cent, 200 per cent, because the coach needs to see, he needs to see me, he needs to understand that I need to play, I want to play more than the others. In your mind, you want to play more than the others, but the others are thinking the same way with you
This is the confidence we need to have to keep improving, to keep training more and the healthy battles you need in the team. You are competing with someone, this one, this one and this one. You need to give more than him and he will be thinking the same way with me and then, if you’re thinking the same way, you can be much better. Me and him. It doesn’t matter who plays, you will train better, I will train better and so the team will be better
2020 04 15 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes believes Paul Pogba will benefit from the new confidence at Manchester United when he returns to action] He started training with us in the week before we stopped, so I think when he comes back he will start to play, and be in the team
2020 04 15b Retrieve
[Fernandes excited to link up with Pogba at Old Trafford] A lot. A lot. I think we have a lot of good players in the midfield. Obviously Paul is injured from a long time [ago], and all we know is he has a lot of qualities. We can say in football that people normally forget what you do good when you have made a mistake. You can do good for 34 games, and one game you do bad and everyone will remember that. Paul is coming from a bad moment, because of the situation. When he played also, the club and the team was not good, because the expectations are high for Paul, because Paul is a top player and Manchester United pay a lot for him, and expectations are a lot for him. It’s normal when you are in that situation you don’t play like a superstar, because everyone expects from Paul like they expect from [Cristiano] Ronaldo at Juventus or [Lionel] Messi at Barcelona. Everyone expects this from Paul in Manchester, because they know he has the qualities for this. Also this is confidence in Paul. The team, we have a lot of confidence in Paul
2020 04 16 Retrieve
[Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has demanded the club’s future signings have the same winning mentality that he has] We already have a big team, but whoever comes needs to come to win. Just to focus to win, I want people hungry for titles and everything. I feel this now in the group, everyone wants to win.
I want to win everything. I’m hungry to win everything. I came to Manchester to win, to win titles, league, Champions League, everything. We know the potential Manchester have, because we are a young team, young players, but we’ve got a lot of quality. It doesn’t matter if we’re young and the others have more experience than us, because we have also experienced players who can help the youngest. The mix we have now and in the future, I don’t know what will happen in the next season, of course Manchester is a big club and normally they buy someone because you are a big club and everyone wants to come here.
I think we have a lot of good players in the midfield. Obviously Paul is injured from a long time [ago], and all we know is he has a lot of qualities. Paul is a top player and Manchester United pay a lot for him, and expectations are a lot for him. It’s normal when you are in that situation you don’t play like a superstar, because everyone expects from Paul like they expect from [Cristiano] Ronaldo at Juventus or [Lionel] Messi at Barcelona. Everyone expects this from Paul in Manchester, because they know he has the qualities for this. Also this is confidence in Paul. The team, we have a lot of confidence in Paul
2020 04 16b Retrieve
[Ronaldo, Rooney & Giggs played a part in Bruno Fernandes choosing Man Utd move] You look in the past and when I’m younger, you look at the players who play for Manchester United and you see the biggest stars in the world. You see the best players in the world. You have players from everywhere and also, we talked a lot and I told you about Cristiano
I looked at Manchester with more interest when Cristiano was here because it’s normal when you have Portuguese players in some teams, you look at them more than other teams. But at that moment, I started to look at Manchester in a different way because you see Cristiano but then you see also the team and you have Scholes, you have Rooney, you have Giggs and you have [Roy] Keane, [Eric] Cantona before
You have a lot of players … I don’t know … [Ruud] van Nistelrooy … I can stay here for hours saying all the names of players for Manchester United. Also Nani, who’s played with me. You have big stars playing here!
2020 04 17 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes has demanded that new players who join Manchester United must be hungry to win titles] I want to win everything. I’m hungry to win everything. I came to Manchester to win, to win titles, league, Champions League, everything
We know the potential Manchester have, because we are a young team, young players, but we’ve got a lot of quality. It doesn’t matter if we’re young and the others have more experience than us, because we have also experienced players who can help the youngest.
The mix we have now and in the future, I don’t know what will happen in the next season, of course Manchester is a big club and normally they buy someone because you are a big club and everyone wants to come here.
We already have a big team, but whoever comes needs to come to win. Just to focus to win, I want people hungry for titles and everything. I feel this now in the group, everyone wants to win
2020 04 19 Retrieve
[The free-kick against Manchester City which led to Anthony Martial opening the scoring in United’s final Premier League game before play was halted for Covid-19 may have looked like a carefully planned out training ground move, but Fernandes instead put the execution down to the understanding between himself, Fred and Martial] It was one of those things: when you are in the pitch, you know your team-mates when you look at them. It’s like a pass. You look at him, and you feel something
We already have a big team, but whoever comes needs to come to win. Just to focus to win, I want people hungry for titles and everything. I feel this now in the group, everyone wants to win
2020 04 19b Retrieve
[Fernandes proving to be the leader Man Utd need on and off the pitch] It was one of those things: when you are in the pitch, you know your team-mates when you look at them. It’s like a pass. You look at him, and you feel something
We already have a big team, but whoever comes needs to come to win. Just to focus to win, I want people hungry for titles and everything. I feel this now in the group, everyone wants to win.
2020 05 03 Retrieve
[It has been suggested that Fernandes could permanently replace Pogba in Solskjaer’s line up] Everyone expects from Paul like they expect from [Cristiano] Ronaldo at Juventus or [Lionel] Messi at Barcelona. Everyone expects this from Paul in Manchester, because they know he has the qualities for this. The team, we have a lot of confidence in Paul
2020 05 04 Retrieve
[Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes reveals Iniesta inspiration] The one I liked to watch and follow was Iniesta, because Iniesta is a mix between an eight and a 10. It is a way I can do better, between eight and 10. It is the guy who always likes to have the ball, take the risks, and I think Iniesta was one of the best in the world. For me, it was impressive how Iniesta finished his career without the Ballon d’Or. With everything he won, it is difficult for me to understand!
[Along with Iniesta, Fernandes picked out Ronaldinho as an early football idol] It depends. I have a lot of players I like to see. For example, in my first few years, the player I think is the one everyone liked and always will like is Ronaldinho. For me, he is the player with the capacity to take you and put you in front of the TV, and you will stay for hours. For hours! Because he had that energy and happiness. He was happy in everything he did. You enjoy it when you see guys playing like that, so for the first few years Ronaldinho was my favourite player. After this, I have already said that Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the players. As a professional player, he is the best you can follow.
[Fernandes also revealed his ruthless streak on the pitch] Warrior, because for me every game is a battle. You need to go out to the game and just understand you need to beat your opponent. With all of the respect, because you need to have respect for your opponent, but you need to beat them. If you don’t beat them, they will beat you. It doesn’t matter who is on the other team. If it is a friend, because I have friends playing in the Premier League, I don’t care. At that moment I will be the biggest enemy they can have
2020 05 06 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes to Man Utd transfer being investigated by FIFA] We can confirm that on April 3, 2020 the Italian club, Sampdoria, lodged a claim with FIFA against the Portuguese club, Sporting Clube de Portugal, related to financial obligations set out in the contract corresponding to the transfer of the Portuguese player, Bruno Fernandes. The matter is currently being investigated and consequently we cannot provide further comments
2020 05 09 Retrieve
[Sporting CP are currently locked in a battle with Serie A side Sampdoria regarding a supposed 10 per cent sell-on clause] We can confirm that on April 3, 2020 the Italian club, Sampdoria, lodged a claim with FIFA against the Portuguese club, Sporting Clube de Portugal, related to financial obligations set out in the contract corresponding to the transfer of the Portuguese player, Bruno Fernandes. The matter is currently being investigated and consequently we cannot provide further comments
2020 05 25 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes picks which Man Utd team-mate he’d self-isolate with] I would choose Juan Mata, because if I isolate with Juan I can listen to my song all day, every day! He always sings it to me!. It’s not the atmosphere of Old Trafford, but Juan is the kind of guy who puts all his heart in the song, so when he sings the music for me is really nice! Normally I arrive before him, and he comes at breakfast, gives me his hand and starts to sing the song – Bruno, Bruno, Bruno!
Physically it’s easier than mentally, because you just need to follow the programme and you will be okay. Mentally it is also nice because I have my family with me so you can spend a lot of time with the family. I have my baby so I have a lot of time to be with her. Normally, if I have games and training, for most of the time I’m out sleeping in hotels and everything, so I don’t have the same time to be with her. So it’s nice to have this time. Obviously, it’s a lot of time and sometimes we don’t know how we can be active with her, because she has a lot of energy – more than me! So you need to play a lot with her [and do] different things. I think it’s easy because I remember when I grew up, in my home with my father, my mother, my brother and my sister, we didn’t have a lot of space to play. In the first years, I had an apartment – when we were three we had to change home. In an apartment, you can do a lot of things, you know? Just with a wall sometimes, you take the ball left and right, left and right, it’s easy – you don’t need to break something or cause a big problem with your mum! Just be quiet there and try easy things – normally these easy things are most important for the game, no?
2020 06 02 Retrieve
[Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes says he needs to improve his all-round game due to the demands that come with playing for the best club in England] My vision of coming to Manchester United is that I’m at one of the best clubs in the world, for me, the best club in England. My idea for the next years are doing better than I have until now. For me, in games it is not good enough because now is maybe the most difficult part. The players start to recognise your game, start to know how you move, how you pass, how you shoot and the things become difficult now. So now I need to improve more and to work more and understand more the teams who I play against because they will understand me better, but I need to be prepared to understand better the difficulties they can have
2020 06 04 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes: I started crying after learning of Man Utd move] You know, I will say the truth that I was scared. It was a dream [come true] but it was a big dream. For me, playing in England and for Manchester [United] was the highest part of my career. To play in the Premier League, for one of the best teams in the world. When I received the call saying: ‘Bruno, you have the chance of moving to Manchester’ I called my wife, my brother, my sister, my mother and just started crying. But I was crying through happiness. I fought all my life for this, for this top club. The chance was here and I needed to take it with both hands, to follow my dream. My family knew since the beginning that I wanted to be a footballer, they knew my big dream was to be in the Premier League and to play for Manchester
[The Portuguese attacker full of praise for Pogba’s ability] Yes of course, I think Paul is one of the best players in Manchester and in the world. He was injured for a lot of time. The opportunity to play side to side with him is fantastic because you want to play with the best players you can
2020 06 11 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes wants Man Utd to finish with a flourish as Solskjaer’s side can get even better] I am looking forward to starting again like we finished. Maybe doing better than we did. I think it’s very important and the first game for us is a good opportunity to look forward to doing very well to finish the season.
[Fernandes added on the new world that professional footballers are having to get accustomed to] The difference is just to arrive at different hours and not doing the same as we would in the past. The most important thing is to be training and we can be together at the training ground
2020 06 17 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes is looking forward to playing alongside Paul Pogba as Manchester United prepare to face Tottenham] I think everyone is excited to see Paul Pogba play again. He’s had a long time out injured and to play alongside him will be amazing. We have a lot of good players and the most important thing is the result for Manchester United. Everyone wants to play with the best players and Pogba is one of them.
They support me a lot and for me that’s really important. I’m very thankful for the support the fans gave me from the beginning, it has been perfect for me. From the beginning I feel I’ve been at home, like I never left Sporting. It was really important for me to start well with some good performances and we’ve had some amazing results. I think everyone has to be a leader in their own way. Everyone here is a leader, in everything you have different leaderships and I think I’m just another one. I try to help everyone and they try to help me. I do always want the ball, that is true, and I will always be like that
2020 06 18 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes has no doubts that he and Paul Pogba can play alongside each other in Manchester United’s midfield] I think linking up with Paul and Marcus is easy. They are two of the best players in the Premier League, they have qualities to help us a lot. They have already shown that and I think now with both of them back we will be stronger than before and this is good for us. Now everyone is fit and we can do better on the training pitch and obviously in the games. What I’ve learnt is that this club is here to win everything it can. This is my focus, this is why I chose Manchester United. I want to be here and I want to be a champion and fight for every title. For me, personal targets are always to do better than before and the personal target is the same as the team – it’s about getting a place in the Champions League. I think this team deserves to be in the Champions League. After the first few games, maybe some players didn’t know me and now they will be more ready to play against me. But I will also be more ready and more excited and have more motivation to do better and better. That’s my aim
2020 06 19 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes plays down late penalty controversy in Man Utd draw] At the end, I kicked the ball and then found his foot. The VAR is here to help, if it says no penalty we have to accept. We did very well. It was a difficult game. They scored on the counter but we were in the game. We had a lot of chances. We want to win every game bit a good result. After a long stop, we did very well. We have to think about qualifying for the Champions League. When we train in groups, I train with Pogba. I found a good connection with everyone, though. Paul won the penalty and I kicked it.
2020 07 01 Retrieve
[After his man of the match performance, Fernandes set his sights on securing a top-four finish and said it’s a target he and his team-mates know is achievable] The most important thing is the three points, but we played well, and the result was good. We didn’t concede again which is important. David de Gea made two or three amazing saves, we are very happy. We knew that we needed to push forwards and to try and score from minute one. I was lucky with the first goal and the second goal was amazing, an amazing pass from Mason. We are fighting for a place in the Champions League and we know we can achieve this. I don’t want to talk too much about me and Paul Pogba, we are happy to play together but I am happy to play with everyone. We can combine together, we have qualities, but we know that we have team-mates who can do well
2020 07 12 Retrieve
[Bruno Fernandes confident goals will come for Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford] Like you saw [Thursday], Mason [Greenwood] scored a beautiful goal again and Anthony [Martial] and Marcus did very well. I think everyone is talking about Marcus not scoring a lot of goals but he is doing an amazing job. The game he is playing now, maybe he is not achieving his goals and everything but, with everything we are doing now, he will achieve more goals and more assists. In the games, in the complete football, because football is not just about goals and assists, it is about the team and Marcus is playing very well for the team
Anthony is playing very well and scoring goals, which is what you want as a striker, and Mason is a young kid who is scoring every time in different ways, so you always need to expect something new from him. I hope Marcus can find more goals because he deserves it for the work he is doing for the team, and nobody sees it because everyone sees the goals and who scores and assists. The work he is doing for the team is amazing. Marcus was injured for a long time so it’s difficult to find that confidence again, to do things like shoot from far out. But he is doing an amazing job for the group and I think he deserves credit for this.
The play we did, the way we came to score, means it’s one of the best goals from a team [perspective] that I’ve scored. That’s because of all the teamwork. We won the ball with the header from H [Harry Maguire], Nemanja [Matic] takes the ball and Mason did an amazing run but, at that moment, Rashy did a perfect run. He was one of the far [off] guys but comes so fast to the goal that defenders know if they give him space, he will score. So maybe he [the defender] closes him down being closer to the ball and, when the cross comes over, and it was a great ball by Mason, after that I just need to score the goal.