Bruno Fernandes has handed Manchester United and Tottenham a transfer blow by signing a new contract with Sporting Lisbon.
Both Premier League clubs were heavily linked with a move for the Portugal international during the summer after a highly impressive season in his home country.
Despite stating his desire to leave, the 25-year-old remained with Sporting and has now appeared to commit his future to the club by penning a new deal on Tuesday.
According to Goal , it will not extend his current stay with the club beyond the original date of June 2023 but will see his release clause increase to £85million from its original £65m.
Fernandes told Sporting’s website : “It’s a pride for me and a recognition of my work; it’s a sign that I’m doing things well.
“I have been trying my best to do what is best for the club. It is for what I did on the pitch, but also showed that I liked Sporting CP and took pride in representing the club I represent.
“For me it is, and always will be, a privilege to be here and be able to wear the Sporting CP jersey.
“You can expect more and better. I promise the same delivery and dedication so we can have more moments of glory as we had last season.”
Fernandes attracted the interest of United and Spurs after a stunning season for Sporting, which saw the midfielder score 32 goals and provide 18 assists for his club.
He also helped Portugal to win the inaugural UEFA Nations’ League during the summer, putting on some impressive displays during the finals.
However, neither club was able to complete the move, with Sporting’s asking price believed to be a big factor.
Following the close of the Premier League transfer window, Fernandes claimed he had agreed a deal with Spurs – only to see a move blocked by the Portuguese club.
The North London club went on to sign Giovani Lo Celso, who was understood to be their first choice target, but recent reports have suggested new boss Jose Mourinho was interested in a January move.
Fernandes has enjoyed a strong start to the new campaign, finding the net nine times in just 17 games in all competitions, and is among the nominees for UEFA’s Team of the Year.