Why Bruno Fernandes Turned Down New Manchester United Contract

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes.

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Bruno Fernandes’ work ethic and commitment to Manchester United have never been called into question due to the passion he shows on the pitch.

As such, the reports of the Portuguese midfielder turning down a contract offer from the Red Devils has raised some eyebrows. He has lost his undisputed starter status under Ralf Rangnick, but since the talks took place with his representatives in late autumn, his current standing in the squad has nothing to do with the latest development.

But how Rangnick’s side finish the season might have some say on Fernandes’ future at the club. According to The Athletic, negotiations are expected to resume in May, when the player and the club are clearer about the team’s situation next season, although United remain relaxed.

In the summer, Fernandes will also be able to know whether United will play in the next season’s Champions League.

Further, the Premier League giants have offered the 27-year-old improved terms on his current deal, believed to be in the region of £100,000-a-week. But he’s looking for parity with leading earners at the club.

Given his importance to the team – recently amplified with a brace against Aston Villa – his demands seem reasonable.

Paul Pogba has entered the final six months of his contract, but his future still remains uncertain. United cannot afford to have another elongated contract saga on their hands and need to agree new terms with Fernandes as soon as possible.