Fred has put an end to the transfer speculation suggesting he could leave Manchester United this summer – and reiterated his desire to succeed at the club.
The midfielder arrived at Old Trafford in a £53.1m move from Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018, but struggled in his first season in English football.
But Fred recovered from his inauspicious start to establish himself as one of United’s most reliable midfielder this past season – proving to be a composed influence in the centre of the park.
Despite his drastic improvement, the 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer, with a loan move to Galatasaray touted.
But the Brazilian has moved to quash the rumours, insisting he he doesn’t want to go anywhere.
“I want to stay here – that’s my desire,” he told FourFourTwo.
“I don’t want to leave. As I’ve always said, I want to be an important player and win trophies for this club. “
Winning trophies proved to be a problem for United last season, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were eliminated at the semi-final stage in three cup competitions.
But Fred believes the club are heading in the right direction, especially with the signing of Donny van de Beek, and that the silverware will soon follow.
“[Van de Beek’s arrival] means we’re getting stronger and that’s good for everyone at United.
“We need more players for this season because it will be even more demanding: the calendar is crammed and we need a strong squad to compete for every title. When you play at a big club, there will always be competition – I’m used to it. It’s been like that from day one at United.
“We can’t say it was a good one, because we didn’t win a trophy,” he admitted. “For a club like Manchester United, it’s not a good season without a title.
“We managed to reach three semi-finals but lost them all. We were close to our goals, but they just didn’t come our way – I was really confident that we would win something, but it didn’t happen.
“At least we managed to play good football at times during the campaign, and qualifying for the Champions League was very important because this club must be in that competition. It was crucial to get our place back, but that alone isn’t enough: we want to fight for that title, too.
“The good thing is that we’re improving as a team and I think we’re heading in the right direction. Trophies will come our way soon.”