Fred reserves special praise for Bruno Fernandes, Vertonghen reveals transfer desire and more


"He has transformed Manchester United" - Fred reserves special praise for Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes has received a lot of praise for his performances in a Man Utd shirt
The Portuguese joined United in January. Copyright: imago images / PRiME Media Images

The Brazilian midfielder was understandably full of praise for Fernandes’ recent performances and lauded the influence he has had on his new team-mates so far.

Fred called Bruno Fernandes an ‘inspiration’ and he says that Manchester United’s recent positive performances are largely down to the January signing. Just a reminder, before the Covid-19 forced football to take a break, the Red Devils were enjoying an unbeaten run of nine games.

“We were playing very good recently, both in the Premier League and the Europa League. I think we have a good chance to win something this year. Bruno Fernandes’ arrival helped us in particular, as he has completely transformed our midfield and raised the quality of the team,” said Fred in an interview with Trivela.

He didn’t forget to add a few nice words for the rest of the group as well: “We must also give credit to the coach Ole and the rest of the group. I am confident we still have room for growth before the season ends.”

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'I am open to learning another language'

Jan Vertonghen leaves Tottenham after eight seasons in the Premier League
(Image Copyright: imago images / Sportimage Paul Terry Sportimage)

The Belgian centre-back says the recent pandemic break has contributed to an increased interest from clubs, as he is nearing towards the end of his Tottenham contract.

Vertonghen admitted that he would be open to leaving North London, providing that he finds a club that will match his ambition, although he did not rule out staying at his current club too. He has been a part of Tottenham’s squad since 2012, making 311 appearances to date while becoming one of the club’s leaders.

“My wish is to play in Europe and learn a few more languages, if possible. First of all, it must be a club that matches my ambitions. It could be Spurs, or it could be another one. Spain and Italy are also attractive options.”

“This might come across as a peculiar observation, but since the health crisis began I actually received more interest from clubs than before. The fact that I’ll be a free agent in the summer is also interesting for them, I think,” Vertonghen added.

David Luiz still holds Benfica close to his heart

David Luiz opens up on his wish to return to Benfica one day
Arsenal's centre-back has intentions of returning to Benfica one day. Copyright: imago images / ZUMA Press

The Brazilian defender started his European journey in Lisbon, and he made no secret of the fact that he wishes to wear Benfica’s shirt once more before he goes into retirement.

David Luiz revealed that another spell at Benfica at one point in the future is definitely on his cards, as they were the club that gave him the first taste of European football. Luiz was only 19 when he joined the Portuguese giants, who signed him in 2007.

The Brazilian still remembers his time there fondly: “I was afraid to leave Benfica at the time, I loved it there and had much affection for the club and the fans. I still haven’t lost the connection I had with that country and with the club, they all know I want to return one day.”

In the meantime, David Luiz’s immediate plans lay with Arsenal, having made the move across London from local rivals Chelsea. He is already a key member of the team and has made 32 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners.

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