Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has put an end to the speculation linking Bruno Fernandes with a move to the club.
The Portuguese discussed the player during his Tuesday press conference before Wednesday’s trip to Old Trafford to face old club Manchester United.
Fernandes has long been linked with a move to north London following a brilliant few years with Sporting CP.
Speculation picked up over the attacking midfielder when fellow countryman Mourinho was named Mauricio Pochettino’s successor two weeks ago, but it would now appear all the noise will amount to nothing.
He told Sport TV (quoted by Daily Mail): “We are not a club that is going to make big transfers in the market, nor is it going towards players who are already developed or at a certain level of expectation, also economically.
“I would definitely say no because Bruno [Fernandes] is a player of a level and value that is not for us.”
Fernandes recently penned a new deal at Sporting that reportedly now means he as a release clause of £85 million.
Spurs fans react
For many Spurs fans, the constant reports about Fernandes have served as a frustration.
While some online were disappointed by Mourinho’s comments, others weren’t all that bothered:
Which means he’ll be putting his trust in GLC I hope
— LP ☬🛫 (@thfclp__) 3 December 2019
Hmmmm different level than us, what’s that all about then
— Spursleif (@spursleif) 3 December 2019
And so it begins
— paul murray (@murray1234) 3 December 2019
Such a small club mentality I hate this ownership #enicout
— joe (@JoeGTHFC) 3 December 2019
— NathanAClark (@NathanAClark) 3 December 2019
That’s a shame. Bruno would be a great player for us but what this tells me is that Mourinho is backing Dele as his playmaker CAM moving forward. Not good news for GLC as well…
— AHinds (@Hinds1Andy) 3 December 2019
Fernandes just signed a new contract with a ridiculous buy-out of €100m, he’s not that good.
— Carpe Diem (@THFCtidyid) 3 December 2019
We are spending peanuts still then
— Shaun Lewis (@ShaunLewis17) 3 December 2019
Ok. Dybala then. Around 80mil and he is at a level for us.
— I ❤️ JOAO SACRAMENTO (@futtykane) 3 December 2019