Bruno Fernandes: Manchester United midfielder extends deal to 2026

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Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has signed a one-year contract extension with the club.

The 27-year-old, who joined in January 2020 for an initial £47m, is now under contract until 2026 and this new deal includes an option for a further one-year extension.

Fernandes has scored 49 goals in 117 matches in all competitions for United.

“There’s so much more I want to achieve here, and that’s the same for the rest of the squad and staff,” he said.

“More than anything, we want to give the fans the success that they deserve,” added Fernandes, who has also contributed 39 assists.

“We have shared some great moments, but the best is yet to come from myself and this team.”

Manchester United football director John Murtough said Fernandes was the “ultimate professional” and praised the Portugal international for performing “remarkably consistently” since his arrival.

“Bruno, like everyone across the football club, remains hugely ambitious and determined to deliver sustained success on the pitch to get us back to challenging for titles,” Murtough added.

Fernandes was deemed a key signing upon arriving and won the club’s Matt Busby Player of the Year award despite only joining midway through the season and also took it last season.

No player has created more goals for the club since he joined and he was the club’s top scorer with 28 goals in all competitions last season.

However, his form this season has drawn some scrutiny and United have slipped to sixth in the Premier League table in a turbulent campaign that has seen manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked and Ralf Rangnick take charge as interim head coach.

Analysis – can United build around Bruno?

BBC Sport football reporter Simon Stone:

Amid a period of turmoil at Old Trafford, Manchester United see this move as a pointer towards what they hope will be a brighter future.

Fernandes changed United’s fortunes immediately after his arrival in 2020 and while some critics complain about his use of the ball, he remains one of United’s most potent attacking weapons and has an instinctive desire to attack, which was not always present before his signing from Sporting Lisbon.

It is also a statement around the type of player United want to build their squad around.

This deal will catapult Fernandes into the club’s top earners, not at the Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane or David de Gea level, which is in excess of £350,000-a-week but the next tier down, which includes Marcus Rashford.

The key for United now is to ensure the players Fernandes has around him are not only of the same level ability wise, but actually complement him.

BBC

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