Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes has signed a new contract with Sporting CP.
The Portugal international scored 32 goals across all competitions last season and became one of Europe’s hottest properties over the summer.
Is this the end of the Fernandes saga? Five things to know…
- Fernandes scored 32 goals in all competitions last season.
- He was also part of Portugal’s Uefa Nations League-winning squad.
- His form saw him linked with Man Utd and Spurs.
- But Spurs signed Giovani Lo Celso on loan while United also missed out on his signature.
- Fernandes has now signed a deal with Sporting, reportedly increasing his release clause to £85m.
Spurs had even agreed a deal to bring the 25-year-old to north London, but Sporting refused to sanction the deal, meaning the Lilywhites went with the loan signing of Giovani Lo Celso instead.
Fernandes already has eight goals and five assists in Liga NOS and Europa League play alone but instead of using that form to seek a move elsewhere, the midfielder has once again committed his future to Sporting until June 2023 – something he says is a real source of pride.
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“It’s a pride for me and a recognition of my work; it’s a sign that I’m doing things well,” he told Sporting’s official website.
“I have been trying my best to do what is best for the club. It is for what I did on the pitch, but also showed that I liked Sporting CP and took pride in representing the club I represent.
🗣️ "Para mim é, e sempre será, um privilégio estar aqui e poder vestir a camisola do Sporting CP” @B_Fernandes8 ✍️
— Sporting Clube de Portugal (@Sporting_CP) November 26, 2019
“For me it is, and always will be, a privilege to be here and be able to wear the Sporting CP jersey.
“You can expect more and better. I promise the same delivery and dedication so we can have more moments of glory as we had last season.”
According to reports, the contract also sees Fernandes’ release clause increased from £65m to £85m, adding to Sporting’s chances of keeping onto their key midfielder.
Sporting host PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League on Thursday.