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Bruno Fernandes hints at Manchester United departure

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 1 May 2024

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Bruno Fernandes hinted he may leave Manchester United in the close season, but insisted he will not consider his future until after the European Championship.

The United skipper has been one of the Red Devils’ standout performers during a tricky campaign for Erik ten Hag’s side, who are sixth in the Premier League and six points behind fifth-place Tottenham with three games remaining.

Fernandes has chipped in with 26 direct goal involvements (15 goals, 11 assists) – the most by any United player – and became the first player to create over 100 chances in the Premier League this term during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.

The club are reportedly prepared to sell most of their top players in the close season under the new Jim Ratcliffe regime, though the Portugal international is still under contract at Old Trafford until June 2026.

With the European Championship and an FA Cup final against Manchester City on the horizon, the 29-year-old says that remains his top priority and he will focus on his future further down the line.

“I’m not thinking about other things at the moment. Obviously, it doesn’t just depend on me, does it?” he told DAZN Portugal.

“A player always has to want to be here, but at the same time, you have to want him to stay. At the moment, I feel there’s that on both sides.

“I’m not thinking too much about the future, not least because this season hasn’t been at the level I’d hoped for – either individually or collectively – so far.

“If I have to think about not continuing in the Premier League, it won’t be until after the Euros. Nothing will be able to take my focus away from the FA Cup final and the Euros, as there’s nothing more important than that at the moment.”

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