Bruno Fernandes Takes United Teammates Out For Dinner

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Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes has settled in pretty fast since joining Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon on a five-and-a-half-year deal. The 25-year-old deal is reportedly worth £68m with the option to extend for another year. Now that the midfielder is all settled in he decided to treat some of his teammates to an appreciation dinner. 

The midfielder was seen in a picture with fellow compatriot Diogo Dalot and Spanish duo Juan Mata and David de Gea. The dinner took place on Saturday at Tapeo & Wine in Manchester. Juan Mata is said to be a shareholder of the restaurant and invited the new signee for dinner. But Bruno decided it would be best for him to pick up the bill to show his appreciation towards the players for being so welcoming. 

Keeper, De Gea posted a picture at the restaurant on Instagram with the caption: “Welcome @brunofernandes.10. Thanks for the dinner.”

Fernandes will be looking to help improve the squad’s midfield attack and Red Devils’ full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has stated his new teammate has adjusted fairly easy to life at Old Trafford. The England international also said Fernande’s smooth transition in part could be attributed to his Spanish contingents helping him find his feet in his new home. 

“I think he has settled in right,” Wan-Bissaka told the official United website.

“He’s got a few of the Spanish players looking after him and we’re just looking forward to what he brings to the team” He added. 

United returned from a warm-weather training camp in Marbella in hopes of improving their slot on the Premier League table.

“It felt good, after the week off we had. It’s good to be out in the sun and to regroup with the team. I think it was needed, with the amount of games we’d been playing. [It’s] something that helped a lot” Wan-Bissaka added. 

However, Odion Ighalo was unable to join United in Marbella due to safety concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak. 

Since arriving in England Odion Ighalo has been away from the team and training separately due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Ighalo was subject to a 14-day ban from United’s facilities after arriving in England just as the outbreak in China occurred. Now that his 14 day ban is over, the former Super Eagles star has finally trained with the United squad for the first time Sunday morning ahead of their clash against Chelsea on Monday. 

During his isolation period, the Nigerian international, teamed up with popular performance coach Wayne Richardson to help with his fitness. Ighalo has reportedly taken up a double training session. He is training with Great Britain’s Olympic Taekwondo squad. It is believed he joined the Taekwondo squad to help sharpen his fitness level being he has not played competitively in months with the Chinese Super League in the off-season.

The former Super Eagles star joined United on a six-month loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua. Ighalo, made news when he announced he took a pay cut to join his boyhood club and to fulfill his dream come true. United are currently at ninth place with 35 points, six points adrift of Frank Lampard’s men.