Fernandes Claims That There is No Bad Blood With Portugal Teammate Ronaldo

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United in 2020
Bruno Fernandes with Manchester United in 2020. Photo by Javier Garcia/BPI/Shutterstock (10573803bv)

Bruno Fernandes has insisted that he has “no problem” with Portugal and Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo following the latter’s recent interview with Piers Morgan in which he stated that he felt “betrayed” by the club.

“I didn’t read the interview so I’m OK with that,” Fernandes confirmed. “As I said before, now it’s the national team, it’s Portugal. The coach made a point that it’s us, he made that point since I came with the national team in 2017.”That is still clear, that in his mind the main thing here is the national team and us so we have to be focused on the World Cup.”

Ronaldo missed a training session with the Portugal team on Wednesday after picking up a stomach bug and was unable to recover in time for the team’s 4-0 victory over Nigeria in a pre-World Cup friendly game on Thursday.

While Fernandes may believe that the controversial interview has had no effect on the Portugal squad ahead of the World Cup, the situation at Manchester United appears markedly different.

Executives at Man Utd are expected to take action against Ronaldo once all of the facts regarding the situation are established.