Manchester United’s captain, Bruno Fernandes, has affirmed his contentment with the club amid speculation connecting him to a move to Saudi Arabia. Reports suggest that the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF), which owns four teams in the Saudi Pro League, is keen on acquiring Fernandes. Despite facing criticism for his performances and demeanor over the past year, the 29-year-old midfielder has quashed speculations about departing Old Trafford. The Saudi project has enticed notable figures like Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez, Neymar, as well as rising talents like Ruben Neves and Gabri Veiga, following Ronaldo’s move to Al-Nassr in January. While Manchester United, along with Fernandes, has faced a lackluster start to the season, he remains devoted to Erik ten Hag’s vision for the team. In an interview with Sport TV, Fernandes expressed, “I’m concentrating on the national team and United. I’m content where I am. While we’ve experienced great times with the national team, our start at Manchester United hasn’t been as desired. I don’t lend an ear to rumors or pay attention to them. Nowadays, rumors spread easily in the media. I’d rather stay focused on my objectives.”
The strength of Fernandes’ commitment to United will unfold over time. His contract extends until 2026, when he’ll be 31. If Manchester United continues to struggle against Europe’s elite, the Portuguese star might consider a move to the Saudi project as an option to explore new avenues.