Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo helped to seal compatriot Bruno Fernandes’ transfer to Manchester United by talking to younger Portuguese international and Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 25-year-old midfielder completed his £55m transfer from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United on Thursday.
And after 17 years of Ronaldo’s transfer, the episode repeated once again. Fernandes revealed the CR7 for his role in making the deal happen. Bruno told the Manchester United website: “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.” He also reveled the same about his manager, “I think he is happy with my transfer, and I also talked with Ole, and he said he asked Cristiano about me and he said good things about me which is good.
On relationship with Ronaldo, Fernandez said, “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.”
Portuguese star cited Ronaldo-example of making the switch to Old Trafford in 2003 and has hopes of emulating some of what the five-time Ballon d’Or winner achieved in Manchester – but insists he also wants to write his own history.
He said: “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 as he does always, and of course the fans were excited about him.
“Now I want to write my history, different from 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.”
Diogo Dalot drove fellow Portuguese star, into training on Friday. He was sent messages by his compatriot in Premier League. He added: “I played with Nani, 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. He also talked about Bernardo Silva, “Bernardo Silva texted me on Wednesday and said I was lucky I didn’t play against him. I told him the luck was with him because if I’d played against him, I will punish him!”
Bruno Fernandez can make debut this weekend against Wolves – but the Norwegian suggested some rest for new arrival. Solskjaer said: “It’s been a hectic few days for him. He’s even had his daughter’s third birthday. “But he’s fit enough to play, he’ll be in the squad, and he’ll be involved.”
Fernandes was given No18 jersey at Manchester United.
He said: “There are a lot of reasons for the No18. It’s a number I like. “The last three years I have played as No8 because it’s the number my father had as a player and my birthday and it’s the number I like.
“No18 is also the birthday of my wife, and another reason is, when I grew up, I saw Paul Scholes playing in it and for me having this shirt and this number of an amazing player is something I will enjoy. I know I have a lot of responsibility.”
- Role Cristiano Ronaldo played during Bruno Fernandez Transfer
- Ronaldo becomes first person to have 200 million Instagram followers
- Flamengo defender Pablo Mari, joins Arsenal on loan
- Injury Update: Sadio mane will be unavailable for three matches
- Solskjaer confirms Alexis Sanchez will return to United in summer
- Flamengo sign Gabriel Barbosa ‘Gabigol’ from Inter for €17m
- Arsenal 2-1 Bournemouth – Saka and brigade keeping fans optimistic