“Fernandes has a massive heart and immense quality” – Telles praises Man Utd’s “decisive” teammate

The Brazilian defender says he is proud to play alongside a man who quickly established himself as the “main player” of the Red Devils

Bruno Fernandes has a “massive heart and a huge quality”, according to Alex Telles, who praised his “decisive” teammate from Manchester United.

Fernandes has had an immediate impact on English football since making a £ 55m (£ 50m / £ 67m) move to Old Trafford at Sporting CP in January.

The 26-year-old was the driving force behind United’s move to a third-place finish in the Premier League and three semi-finals in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign, as he scored 12 goals in his first 22 club appearances. .

The Portuguese international took this form in the new season, contributing 11 goals and six assists to the cause of the Red Devils in 18 outings in all competitions and was rewarded for his performances in the top flight with the Player of the Month award for November.

Telles, who joined United for £ 18 million ($ 24 million) on the deadline, played against Fernandes several times during his time at Porto and says it is a “pleasure” to play with him now. the former sports star after his fights against him in the Primeira League.

“So Bruno and I have known each other for some time,” said the Brazilian left defender Inside United.

“Bruno has always stood out wherever he has played and he is, without a doubt, our main player here today.

“We were rivals on the field and today we are teammates who play in the same team. I told him that at the time it was quite annoying to play against on the field, always wanting to win, obviously.

“He is a guy with a massive heart and a huge quality, he is visible to everyone and I don’t have to talk about Bruno’s quality anymore. It’s a pleasure to play with him.

“He’s a great guy who’s always willing to help everyone and makes a difference, and that’s great.”

When asked to summarize Fernandes’ recent form before a trip to Sheffield United on Thursday, Telles added: “My summary is simple: decisive! He is a decisive player.

“It may not stand out in one game or another, but it is still decisive.

“When he is in front of the goal or from a free kick or penalty, he always shows his quality. He has a strong mind and personality in his vision and thinking.

“It’s a source of pride and an honor to have someone like that on the team, someone who can help and motivate us in every game.”