As we covered this morning, the Portuguese media has been pretty excited with the return of the Bruno Fernandes saga.
Claims from the local press have said that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan were both in Lisbon on Sunday to watch the Sporting midfielder.
At his Friday press conference, Solskjaer was questioned about the trip and didn’t deny it had taken place, explaining he watches many players.
Meanwhile, newspaper O Jogo said the Red Devils are considering an attempt to sign Fernandes, and could do it in the January transfer window.
So when Sporting manager Silas gave his own press conference on Friday, this was of course one of the main subjects in the conversation with local journalists (via O Jogo).
It turns out that Silas has admitted the possibility of losing Bruno Fernandes in the January transfer window, and is already planning for a possible life without the club’s captain.
“He’s a huge player. All players like Bruno always have a lot of market. We know that he’ll always be a much talked of player and sought by clubs as big as they say. I don’t like to think about that beforehand, but I’m starting to think of alternatives within our team if Bruno doesn’t stay with us. I hope that doesn’t happen. In Portugal, unfortunately, we can’t keep the best players for long. Bruno is the best player in the league.
However, he’s also made it clear that he has no information about his departure, as he’s been only hearing the things from the local press.
“I don’t have it. Since I hear so much, sometimes it’s inevitable to think about it. I’m starting to think that, in these transfer windows, the clubs who want to sign end up not having so much time and make decisions faster. Often, too much business happens. I can’t be taken by surprise. Bruno is a player who will sooner or later end up in a league like that. He’s a different player, he deserves it. My job is to start thinking of tatical alternatives within our team. I prefer that he doesn’t leave, but I have to start thinking of different things.”