The Portuguese revealed he would have preferred to join Tottenham over Man United last year.
However, a January switch could still be on the cards.
Sporting Lisbon playmaker Bruno Fernandes was heavily tipped to move to Tottenham before the summer transfer deadline, but the switch never materialized – despite the player agreeing terms. Manchester United and Spurs both believed they were on the brink of signing the sought-after star.
Fernandes was even seen in tears on the Sporting Lisbon bench during a pre-season game against Valencia, believing he had played his final game for the club. However, the fee became a huge stumbling block for both sides and it meant that the 25-year-old remained at Sporting CP, with his dream of moving to the Premier League temporarily put on ice.
Fernandes has since committed his long-term future to Sporting after signing a new contract in November, but that has not put off talk of a potential exit in the New Year. Speaking to Portuguese publication Record about almost leaving in the summer, the talented attacking midfielder stated that Spurs were the perfect fit for him.
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“In the summer I thought I could go out. I believed it was a good time to leave due to many factors. I made the best time of my career to date. After the UEFA Nations League there were already many contacts, especially with Tottenham. It was the team that wanted me the most and was the only one I agreed to talk with, because there were other clubs that didn’t interest me or whose project was not up to my expectations.
“Tottenham fit into everything I wish I had at that moment. It is an appealing championship. Knowing that Tottenham would be willing to pay for me and make every possible effort to take me, leaves a player eager to take that step.
“Regardless, I always kept my word that it was up to Sporting to decide whether or not to leave. Nothing changed my desire to be here and to want to stay here. Sporting nurtured me, gave me a lot. It was a source of great pride and honor to continue representing Sporting.
“Obviously, the transfer market moves any player, especially when we know which clubs are behind us or want us, but I have always tried to stay focused because the image I want to leave at Sporting is that. Until the last day I am here, I will always do my best and continue to do my best.”
The Poruguese inetrnational would still be a great signing for Spurs, but Jose Mourinho has already admitted to the Daily Mail that Fernandes is now beyond Tottenham, so maybe the chance has gone, which could end up as a transfer boost for United.