Bruno Fernandes ‘loves Man Utd’ and is not leaving, ten Hag insists

Erik ten Hag has dismissed speculation around the future of Bruno Fernandes and insists he “loves playing for Manchester United”.

Fernandes returned from injury to play a key role as United beat Newcastle 3-2 thanks to goals from Kobbie Mainoo, Amad Diallo and Rasmus Hojlund.

After the game, Fernandes was asked about his future at the club and told Sky Sports: “I will be (here) as long as, like I said, the club needs to want me.

“I feel that the club wants me to be a part of the future. As I said always, I don’t want to be a player that the club doesn’t want to have.

“If for some reason the club doesn’t want to have me, I will go, but if they want me I will stay.”

But ten Hag insists the club wants Fernandes to stay and hailed the performances of his captain this season.

“Absolutely the club wants to keep Bruno, there is no question of that,” he said.

“I have to see the interview, maybe it is your interpretation, but as far as I know and everything I know, he loves Manchester United and the fans of Manchester United, and he loves to play for Manchester United.

“That is all I know. He always gives his best, he is an example. With injuries he is playing and he loves football but he wants to win.

“It’s part of his character and I’m very pleased with his performances across the season.

“It is not easy when so many players are injured and every time he has to carry the team. He keeps at a good level and a high level, especially in the Spring when he rose to a brilliant level.”

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