Bruno Fernandes jokes he’ll have to wait another season for the No. 8 shirt at Manchester United after Juan Mata agrees a new one year deal
- Bruno Fernandes wore the No. 8 shirt whilst at former club Sporting Lisbon
- Fernandes called teammate Juan Mata an ‘inspiration on and off the pitch’
- Mata has made 273 appearances for Manchester United, scoring 51 goals
Bruno Fernandes has joked that he’ll have to wait another season to get his hands on the No. 8 shirt after Juan Mata agreed a new one year deal with Manchester United.
The Red Devils confirmed on Friday that the 33-year-old who’s previous deal expired last month, had agreed to sign a new contract keeping him at Old Trafford until June 2022.
Fernandes previously wore the No. 8 shirt at former club Sporting Lisbon and has worn the No. 18 since arriving in Manchester, will now have to wait another year to get the number he covets from a player he called an ‘inspiration’.
Spanish midfielder Juan Mata has agreed to sign a new one year deal with Manchester United
Bruno Fernandes has worn the No. 18 shirt since arriving at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon
‘I guess I’ll have to wait for the number 8 another year,’ Fernandes tweeted. ‘Congrats brother!! Well deserved! An example and an inspiration on and off the pitch.’
The Spanish midfielder moved to Manchester United in 2014 after spending three seasons with Chelsea, and has enjoyed a successful spell at Old Trafford winning the Europa League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and the Community Shield.
Mata, in total has made made 273 appearances for the club, scoring 51 goals in all competitions.
However, in recent seasons he’s become more of a peripheral figure; featuring in just 18 games last season.
Mata’s (right) new deal means Fernandes will have to continue to wait for the No. 8 shirt
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