Man Utd: Are they over-reliant on Bruno Fernandes?
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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes wants guarantees the club are heading in the right direction with their transfer business before signing a new contract, according to reports. Fernandes has continued to see his stock rise during his first full season as a United player. The Portugal international has scored 16 goals and contributed 11 assists in the Premier League so far this term.
Fernandes’ current contract does not expire until the summer of 2025.
As has become customary at United, there is also an option of a further year.
Reports say the Red Devils are keen to reward Fernandes with a new deal.
However, the 26-year-old wants assurances of what the club’s plans are in the summer transfer market.
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Duncan Castles of the Transfer Window podcast says there have been no talks yet regarding a new deal.
“There are suggestions United might be trying to tie him down to a longer contract,” Castles said.
“But I’m told there have been no talks at all on a new deal and interestingly is that Fernandes’ position is he wants to wait before getting involved in contract talks.
“What he wants to wait on is to see what Manchester United do to the squad this summer and going forward.
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“You can see from the way Fernandes plays, you can see from the way he talks, that winning is a fundamental importance to him.
“He gets deeply frustrated when things go wrong on the field. He has this desire to be at the very top of the game.”
United have a new structure when it comes to transfers, with Ed Woodward resigning from his role as executive vice-chairman earlier this month.
John Murtough has been appointed the club’s first football director and former midfielder Darren Fletcher is the new technical director.
Castles says Fernandes is keen to see how the new setup pans out in terms of new signings.
He added: “I think it’s interesting, but not entirely surprising, that Fernandes wants some demonstration that they can get [to the top], that the Glazers, that whoever the new chief executive to replace Ed Woodward is, that the new director of football structure that the club have put in place, are going to improve the squad again this summer and take the second place that they’re likely to finish with this season and build it into a team that can compete for the title.”
Fernandes recently stated his desire to win silverware with United, who play Roma in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday.
Fernandes said: “We can’t think of anything else at this club. United is made for trophies and the whole mood is around that.
“We reached the semis [of the League Cup] and lost to City, but that’s not enough.
“That wasn’t our time. We need to be in finals and win them.”
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