Man Utd midfielder Fernandes denies chasing Portugal captaincy

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes insists he doesn’t covet the Portugal captaincy.

Fernandes is tipped to inherit the armband from Cristiano Ronaldo.

But he said today: “I don’t do long-term projects (laughs). I don’t consider myself a leader, but a person who acts naturally, who acts on paper and based on what I feel at the moment.

“It’s my way of being in life, I’m critical and I like to improve others. I like things around me to be the best possible and on the pitch it’s the same. I like my teammates to have the confidence to be at their best.

“It’s my way of being, no I do it to be a leader. I’ve been like that since I was a kid, you can think I’m a grumpy or a grumpy, my kids also complain about me at home. We’re not all the same and that’s a good thing about football, everyone is a leader in their own way.

“What I want most is to be here in 2024, not if I’m a leader or not.”