Sporting CP manager Marcel Keizer has this evening provided a brief update on the future of star midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
24-year-old Fernandes has emerged as one of Portuguese football’s star performers over the last couple of seasons.
The former Udinese and Sampdoria man possesses all of the key traits of a modern attacking midfielder, combining a keen eye for goal, set-piece prowess, creative flair and penchant for the spectacular.
And Fernandes’ talents allowed the 13-time capped international to directly contribute to a staggering number of goals this past season.
Across all competitions, the Sporting star racked up 29 goals and 17 assists.
Premier League links
As a result, it has since come as little surprise to see a whole host of top European clubs named as keen suitors of Fernandes.
The likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United have all been linked with the midfielder of late, with the Red Devils thought to be particularly keen.
Bit of Bruno Fernandes detail. His agent, Miguel Pinho, met with #THFC y’day. Fernandes & Lo Celso Spurs’ midfield targets. #MUFC, who met Pinho 2 months ago, asked him in past fortnight for some more time as they focus first on signing a RB (Wan-Bissaka) https://t.co/s2XCpyzQYX
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) June 20, 2019
‘Hope he stays’
Fernandes then dropped the biggest hint yet that his departure from Sporting is now imminent, when the 24-year-old was spotted in tears following the full-time whistle of the Lions’ preseason clash with Valencia last night:
Another Video of Bruno Fernandes crying pic.twitter.com/S7Sf0UVQ0E
— Ben Bath (@Benjamin_bath) July 28, 2019
As such, speaking to reporters on the back of his side’s 2-1 defeat, Sporting boss Marcel Keizer was inevitably questioned on the future of his star man.
Keizer, though, after confirming that he holds out hope of Fernandes remaining, went on to add that he simply doesn’t know if a transfer is close to completion:
‘We’ll see if we can keep our players and then we’ll see what we do.’
‘I hope he [Fernandes] stays, of course, like everyone else at Sporting, but we don’t know.’