Reported Spurs target explains decision over new contract

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham target Bruno Fernandes put pen to paper on a new contract with Sporting Lisbon a few days ago that saw him commit his future to the Portuguese giants until 2023.

Fernandes’ decision to sign a new deal at Sporting came as a surprise to some as the midfielder was been linked heavily with a move to Tottenham Hotspur as well as Manchester United last summer.

Tottenham even had a bid rejected for Fernandes in the summer (Sporting CP’s official website as relayed by the Evening Standard) and he ended up eventually staying at the club.

He has continued his prolific form this season having already notched up nine goals and six assists in all competitions so far (transfermarkt.com).

The midfielder has now opened up on his decision to extend his stay at Sporting and has insisted that he was loving life at the club.

The Daily Express quotes Fernandes as saying, “It’s a pride for me and a recognition of my work; it’s a sign that I’m doing things well.

“I have been trying my best to do what is best for the club. It is for what I did on the pitch, but also showed that I liked Sporting CP and took pride in representing the club I represent.

“For me it is, and always will be, a privilege to be here and be able to wear the Sporting CP jersey.

“You can expect more and better. I promise the same delivery and dedication so we can have more moments of glory as we had last season.”

The 25-year-old’s contract reportedly has a €100m release clause (Eurosport).

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Him signing a new deal would likely add at least £20 million to his price tag and given that we found him too expensive in the summer, I believe the chances of Spurs returning for Fernandes in January are bleak. We would likely have to look elsewhere for an Eriksen replacement should the Dane depart in January.

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