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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reveals he ‘fought hard’ to try to sign Man Utd star

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reveals he 'fought hard' to try to sign Man Utd star
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reveals he 'fought hard' to try to sign Man Utd star

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel revealed he was desperate to sign Bruno Fernandes for Paris Saint-Germain before he eventually signed for Manchester United.

Tuchel will have to find a way to contain Manchester United’s talisman when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Fernandes has scored 15 goals and provided 10 assists in 25 Premier League appearances this season and is one of the candidates to be crowned as player of the year.

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And Tuchel admitted he is well aware of his quality after he ‘fought hard’ to try and bring him to his former side PSG.

With my first sporting director in Paris, Antero Henrique, a Portuguese sporting director, and he knew [Fernandes] very well,’ said Tuchel.

We fought hard to have a connection to him and to bring him to our team. I got made aware of him more in detail, so we watched more and more games about him and followed him and tried to be in touch with him to make it happen

Obviously, he decided [to sign for Man Utd] and I was never personally in touch with him, but we tried and he went another way. [It is] bad for us that we have to play against him.’

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reveals he 'fought hard' to try to sign Man Utd star

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reveals he ‘fought hard’ to try to sign Man Utd star

Tuchel was full of compliments over how Fernandes has adapted to life in the Premier League. ‘The impact he has had since he arrived at Manchester United is indescribable and unbelievable,’ Tuchel added.

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To come from Portugal, from a competitive team, a big club but not from the strongest league and stepping in a year to one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and the strongest league in Europe and to have this kind of impact, I have nothing but the biggest respect for this guy. ‘It is outstanding.

He is one of the best midfielders in the world, attacking midfielders, and he has a huge, huge impact and to have this as a single person in football, you must be absolutely top level because this is almost impossible.

‘But he has such a big influence on their game, on their attacking game and that it is a big key to defend against him, to be around him and close to him and he is a key player of Man Utd in a way that is outstanding.’

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