Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes is reportedly stalling on a new contract. The 26-year-old wants to win a trophy with the club before committing to an extension, despite only joining from Sporting Lisbon 13 months ago. Fortunately for the club’s supporters, however, he doesn’t appear to be eyeing a move away.
The Athletic have claimed Fernandes is in no hurry.
He will wait until the end of the campaign before deciding whether to pen a new United deal, with the midfielder wanting to win a trophy.
That’s what drives him. He’s a winner and wants those cravings satisfied, regardless of the cash the Red Devils would undoubtedly throw in his direction.
But the good news for United is that Fernandes doesn’t appear to be eyeing a move away.
It was only after the goalless draw with Arsenal that he took to social media to outline his stance, revealing he wouldn’t stop until the club win the silverware he feels they deserve.
“Definitely not the result I wanted to celebrate my first year as a Red, but we’ll keep working to improve,” the 26-year-old posted after the match at the Emirates Stadium.
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“It’s an absolute honour to play football with the Man Utd badge on my chest.
“The history of this football club was built over wins, many wins. I came here to help on continuing that legacy, and I won’t rest until I do it.
“I want to thank all the fans for your outstanding support. Hopefully, this was only the first of many years together. Glory, glory Man United!”
That came after he’d said similar things in an interview with BT Sport in January.
Speaking at a time where his side were top of the Premier League table, the playmaker said: “As I’ve always said, for me the most important thing is winning trophies – team trophies – because we’re a football team and it’s not just Bruno.
“I want to win trophies with the team. Of course I’m very happy to win this award (for December’s Player of the Month).
“These kind of awards make you happy and confident and to work even more, and to get more and more from yourself.
“But, as everyone knows, I will be completely happy when I win a trophy with the club.”
Fernandes also expressed a belief that he was at the right club.
“I think I’ve come to a club that is very demanding,” Fernandes said. “It was not about me.
“I have always been very demanding of myself but I came to a club that was very demanding.
“You play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, a club that has won everything, every trophy. I don’t think it was me changing the mindset of the club.
“If I changed the mindset of some players or my mindset helped some players to be better – maybe.
“But I don’t think it was me changing anything for the club because playing for Manchester United means playing with the pressure, playing with the responsibility.
“You have to know you play for one of the biggest clubs in the world. So for me my mindset has always been like that. I want to be better. I want to play better. I want to grow up.
“I think you can always learn every day, it doesn’t matter how good you are. You can always learn something.”
United drew 3-3 with Everton in their last match.
And Fernandes was furious after that game, not holding back as he laid into his team-mates for letting the win slip through their fingers.
“There are a lot of things to be disappointed with,” he said.
“We were making so many mistakes in the last few games and we can’t keep conceding goals like that.
“We have to be more focused, we have to have the same desire to score and to defend our goal.
“Every time we have to make goals and score goals it has to be the same to not concede and I think we have to learn from this.
“It has already happened a lot of times so it is more than a bit disappointing.
“You talk about everything that is going on but it is about learning and make it better.”