Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he is surprised to see international team-mate Bruno Fernandes still playing for Sporting Lisbon, despite a host of clubs interested in his services.
The Portugal star was heavily tracked by Premier League rivals Manchester United and Tottenham, but no move for the 24-year-old materialised.
Fernandes remains with Ronaldo’s former club Sporting as a result, and the Juventus superstar feels it is strange given that he rates him as one of the nation’s best talents.
‘In the national team you have [Joao] Cancelo, Bruno Fernandes, who nobody knows why he doesn’t leave,’ Ronaldo admitted during a recent open interview with Portuguese station TVi, in which he discussed everything from almost signing for Arsenal to leaving Real Madrid.
‘In the national team, you have a lot of talent, so I see the light at the end of the tunnel,’ Ronaldo added. ‘Possibly this new generation will be the best at the talent level, but that’s not enough.
‘They have to want to. I have spoken to him [Fernandes]. I’m a captain who wants to help and be helped.’
Lisbon are set to turn a big profit when they finally part ways with Fernandes, though are now reported to be looking to push a deal through in order to get their payday.
The Portuguese giants are reported to have offered their talisman to another of Ronaldo’s former clubs, Madrid, in exchange for a £64m (€70m) fee.