Reporter provides update on Bruno Fernandes’ contract situation at Man United

Talks between Manchester United and Bruno Fernandes over a new contract have been ‘on hold’ for the time being, according to Athleticism journalist David Ornstein.

Fernandes is widely regarded as one of Manchester United’s most important attacking players and he has established himself as one of the first names on the squad roster since joining the club from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020.

The Portugal international has been a key part of the Red Devils’ attack since joining the club and his stock has grown significantly in his two years at Old Trafford – however, he remains on the same contract as he originally signed in 2020.

According to Ornstein’s report in The Athletic, Manchester United first opened talks with Fernandes over a new deal in November 2020, with Fernandes believing he deserved a raise on his current salary.

However, the reporter now claims that those talks have been put on hold until the end of the season when both sides will be clearer on Manchester United’s situation.

According to the story, Fernandes wants a salary closer to Manchester United’s top earners at Old Trafford, with Cristiano Ronaldo currently earning around £400,000 a week and David De Gea £375,000 a week.

The article concludes by saying that Manchester United are “relaxed” about the situation, with Fernandes currently under contract at Old Trafford until June 2025, with an option for a further year.

Fernandes, 27, has been in fine form for Manchester United so far this season in front of goal, scoring seven times and providing three assists in 19 Premier League games. He scored both goals for his side in their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday night.

Speaking after his side were pushed back and held to a draw at Villa Park, Fernandes said: “Of course I’m always happy to score goals, but I prefer to win the game.

“I prefer to withdraw my two goals and let someone else score them and then we win the game. Of course I’m happy to score, I always am, but I want to help the team more.

“Today it makes no sense for me to score both goals, but we only managed one point. It could have been all three.”

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