Bruno Fernandes has revealed he hasn’t seen Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview and has no issues with his Manchester United and Portugal team-mate.
Just a few days before the start of the World Cup, Ronaldo heavily criticised Man Utd in a TV interview with Piers Morgan.
He hit out at Erik ten Hag, the Glazers, club facilities, the attitude of the young players and more in a wide-ranging sit-down.
Amid the release of the interview, Ronaldo and Fernandes both joined up with the Portugal squad ahead of their World Cup campaign and footage was released of the two sharing a somewhat frosty handshake.
However, Fernandes said it was just a joke and that the audio that accompanies the footage proves that.
“I was watching one of the channels that was talking about that, ‘was cold, was bad’, for 45 minutes. All of a sudden they go to a break, the national team send it with sound,” he told Sky Sports.
“The sound says that he is joking with me and so they come back and said there was a joke and they cut there. They said, ‘if you want to see it again just go back’ but if they go back they will see there’s a problem. But if they are really true and explain what was in that video people will know [it was a joke].
“This is the national team, Manchester United will be my focus after the World Cup.”
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Fernandes further claimed that he hasn’t even seen or read about the interview yet and is only thinking about the World Cup.
“I didn’t read the interview so I’m okay with that,” he added. “Now it’s the national team, it’s Portugal.
“The coach made a point that it’s us. He’s made that point since I came to the national team in 2017 and that is still clear that in his mind the main thing here is the national team and us.
“We have to be focused on the World Cup because a World Cup doesn’t come every time. You don’t have a chance to play a World Cup many times.”
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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