Bruno Fernandes has revealed he 'cried with happiness' when he heard Manchester United wanted to sign him – after fearing his chance of a dream move had gone.
Fernandes became an instant hit at United after his £48million transfer from Sporting Lisbon in January, having helped the Red Devils to an 11-game unbeaten run before the season was halted by coronavirus.
The Portugal midfielder had been linked with a move to the Premier League last summer, but neither United nor Tottenham were ready to meet Sporting's £75m valuation.
And the 25-year-old has revealed he thought his dream of playing in English football's top flight might never come to fruition.
"You know, I will say the truth that I was scared," Fernandes said on Instagram Live. "It was a dream [come true] but it was a big dream.
"For me, playing in England and for Manchester [United] was the highest part of my career. To play in the Premier League, for one of the best teams in the world.
"When I received the call saying: ‘Bruno, you have the chance of moving to Manchester’ I called my wife, my brother, my sister, my mother and just started crying.
"But I was crying through happiness. I fought all my life for this, for this top club. The chance was here and I needed to take it with both hands, to follow my dream.
"My family knew since the beginning [of my life] that I wanted to be a footballer, they knew my big dream was to be in the Premier League and to play for Manchester."
With the Premier League set to return from June 17, Fernandes is excited about the prospect of finally linking up with fellow United midfielder Paul Pogba.
Pogba has been injured since Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford, but football's enforced hiatus has allowed Pogba to get back towards full fitness.
And Fernandes says he can't wait to play with "one of the best players in the world".
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"Yes of course, I think Paul is one of the best players in Manchester and in the world," said Fernandes.
"He was injured for a lot of time. The opportunity to play side to side with him is fantastic because you want to play with the best players you can."
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