Manchester United are reportedly working hard on a bumper new deal for Bruno Fernandes.
His performances have been to such a high standard that the club feel he has already outgrown his original contract and latest reports state the two parties have been in discussions over a new deal since November.
The Athletic report that United first brought up the subject of a new contract in November, just 10 months into his original deal at Old Trafford
Fernandes doubled his reported £50,000-per-week salary when moving from Portugal to United, but the money he currently receives at Old Trafford is middling in comparison to some of his teammates.
It has led United to act fast on the situation after a year that has seen Fernandes score 29 goals and provide 20 assists in 54 matches.
Fernandes’ impact at United has not been limited to on the pitch, having high expectations and demands on his teammates, leading to a leadership role inside the dressing room.
This was recognised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handing the midfielder the captain’s armband for October’s Champions League game against PSG.
Solskjaer is said not to have been surprised by Fernandes’ impact, having gone to scout the player in a feisty game against Porto.
“I knew what we were getting,” Solskjaer said. “He was in every teammate’s ear that game; the referee’s ear, the linesman he was into… and, you know, I like that.
“I have been part of a dressing room that was like this every single day, every training session. If you want to survive at Man United, you need to be able to receive messages and advice.
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Manchester United smashed nine goals past Southampton on Tuesday night as they bounced back from disappointing results against Sheffield United and Arsenal in emphatic fashion.
The game was effectively over as a contest inside the first two minutes as Southampton were reduced to 10 men, but United still had to find the goals and they did exactly that, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial (two), Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James all getting on the scoresheet.
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“We are not doing it to put someone down. We are making sure we make the right decision for the team. That is a winning mentality I want to see. I have to do less if the boys have that.”
Fernandes’ winning mentality is such that he himself is said to be in no rush to sign a new contract, instead wanting to see the season out as United compete for trophies.
Yet his impact has been so impressive that the Reds are clearly keen to reward the 26-year-old with improved terms that match his status at the club.