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Bruno Fernandes hints at move to England: I feel it's the right moment to leave

Bruno Fernandes hints at move to England: I feel it's the right moment to leave

Sporting star Bruno Fernandes has suggested that he is ready to leave Sporting CP in order to take on a new challenge abroad.

Speaking in an interview with RTP, the 24-year old Sporting star was quizzed on a potential move. When asked if he felt that it was the right time to go to England, Fernandes replied: “I feel like it's the right moment, I feel like I'm ready for any kind of challenge,” while also admitting that it has been a long-term dream of his to play in England.

“As I said last year, after I terminated my contract (at the end of last season in response to the violent scenes at Alcochete) I had the possibility to go to England. I had three clubs interested in me but I didn’t feel prepared.”

Now, however, Bruno Fernandes has openly discussed his readiness to head to the English Premier League, adding further fuel to the fire regarding a potential move to one of Manchester City or Manchester United.

When asked about Spanish and English football, the Sporting midfielder stated: “I am a lover of English football…. where the stadiums are always full and games always end-to-end.”

“There are fouls (in England), yes, but there are contacts that are not considered fouls, because it is a more intense and lively game. I often say that in Portugal the game stops too many times.”

“Players fall and spend two minutes on the floor… while others stop the game constantly, with fouls, kicking the ball out, time wasting. These are things that, increasingly here in Portugal, have to change - and they do not happen in England.”

“To improve the spectacle (in Portugal) this [time-wasting] has stop. Otherwise, people will go to stadiums less often because they don’t get to see a proper show when the game is constantly being stopped.”

Fernandes was also quizzed on English clubs and, more specifically, Manchester United, although he ultimately remained coy on his potential destination.

“I think that in England there are a lot of big teams. Obviously, there are two teams that have been discussed a lot, [Manchester] United and [Manchester] City. City are the team that are winning everything in England at the moment, while United is one of the most historic clubs in England. So both have their own importance and strengths.”

“Obviously they are two clubs that any player would like to represent; for me it would be an honour to represent either of them. They are two huge clubs, as I have already mentioned. They both play to win, they both want to win, just as Sporting want to win.”

“Playing in England has always been my main dream since I was a kid. I don’t feel that I need to hide this, it's a dream to play in England, it's always been. Without saying the names of any clubs, in England there are many sides that I would like to represent."

On Bernardo Silva and Manchester City, he then said “Obviously, playing alongside Bernardo would be great, as I’ve often said. Manchester City are very good, it would be a great opportunity. Being able to play alongside a player like Bernardo always makes things easier.”

Bruno Fernandes, Photo author:  Agência Brasília .  License link.

Bruno Fernandes, Photo author: Agência Brasília. License link.

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