Manchester United have handed creative supremo Bruno Fernandes a new and improved contract that will extend his stay at Old Trafford until 2026.

As confirmed by the club’s official website, Manchester United have successfully extended the contract of key playmaker Bruno Fernandes until the summer of 2026 with an option of an additional year.

Bruno Fernandes signed for Manchester United in January 2020 from Portuguese giants Sporting CP and immediately became an integral player in the team under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The attacking midfielder has quickly established himself as one of the best in his position in the Premier League and Europe, racking up 49 goals and 39 assists in just 117 games for Manchester United.

While his performances have seen a slight dip this season, Fernandes has still conjured up impressive numbers, contributing nine goals and 14 assists while he is also one of the highest chance-creators in the Premier League this term. The 27-year-old recently starred for Portugal, helping them defeat North Macedonia to lead them to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.

Upon arrival in England in 2020, Bruno Fernandes had signed a five-and-a-half-year deal until the summer of 2025. So, the new contract is essentially an extension by just one year, but he has been handed improved terms by the club to reflect his status as one of the best and most important players in the squad.

Talks over a new deal had been going on for a while now and the club have now finally made an announcement confirming the news. As reported by reputed journalist Fabrizio Romano, the 27-year-old will be among the top-three highest-paid players in the Manchester United squad.

Speaking after the announcement, Bruno Fernandes said, “From the moment that I joined Manchester United, I have had a special relationship with the club and our amazing fans. I grew up watching this team, dreaming of getting the chance to play here one day. That dream is now a reality and an honour.”

“Even after two years, it still feels amazing to step out at Old Trafford, to hear the fans sing my song and to score in front of the Stretford End. It is a true privilege to wear this shirt and to fight for our incredible club.”

“There is so much more that I want to achieve here, and I know that is the same for the rest of the squad and staff. More than anything, we want to give the fans the success that they deserve. We have shared some great moments over the last years, but the best is yet to come from myself and this team,” the Portuguese international further added.

Having extended his contract, Bruno Fernandes will hope to spearhead Manchester United’s challenge for a top-four finish and ensure that the team qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season.

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