Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes appeared to offer teammate Cristiano Ronaldo a frosty reception when he reported for Portugal responsibility forward of the upcoming World Cup.
A video from the Portuguese FA confirmed Fernandes arriving on the nationwide coaching services. Ronaldo was already there and tried to greet his clubmate, however Fernandes gave a subdued response and was noticeably hotter with others within the dressing room.
It comes after Ronaldo gave an incendiary interview to TalkTV criticising Manchester United, accusing the membership of not evolving and declaring he has no respect for supervisor Erik ten Hag.
Requested for an perception on the pair’s trade, fellow Portugal midfielder Joao Mario did his finest to dismiss the thought of any pressure between Ronaldo and Fernandes.
“I used to be within the locker room at that second,” he advised a press convention. “I noticed the video, it is humorous as a result of it may be interpreted otherwise but it surely was a joke between them. Bruno was one of many final to reach and Cristiano requested him if he had come by boat.
“I consider that the pictures may be interpreted otherwise, but it surely was a joke between them. I consider they’ve an ideal relationship as a result of they play collectively. I noticed them yesterday all day. There isn’t a downside between them,”
Fernandes is thought to be shut with Ronaldo, idolising the five-time Champions League winner lengthy earlier than they grew to become worldwide after which membership teammates. The midfielder has even mentioned he developed a delicate spot for United rising up due to Ronaldo’s first spell on the membership.
However the vice-captain can be identified to be extraordinarily loyal to the membership and seems to have been put in a troublesome place by Ronaldo’s interview, each when it comes to timing and content material.
90min understands United have been ‘livid’ with Ronaldo, believing that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was on good phrases with Ten Hag and feeling ‘blind-sided’.
There are stories that Ronaldo stands to be fined round £1m by United, the equal of roughly two weeks wages and the utmost allowed.
Probably the most extreme response could be United terminating Ronaldo’s contract for gross misconduct.
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