Sporting coach Silas has admitted that he wants Bruno Fernandes to stay at the club amid rumours of the Portuguese joining ​Manchester United. The Red Devils have been linked with a move for the player for most of the window but are yet to complete a deal for the attacking midfielder.

The Portuguese has scored 8 goals and has also assisted 7 times in the league from just 17 matches so far this season. Fernandes led his side to a 1-0 win against Maritimo in the last match and when Silas was asked whether it was the last time Fernandes would be playing for Sporting, he stated that he couldn’t confirm it while also adding that he would like for the midfielder to stay until the end of the season.

"I can't confirm it [if Fernandes made his last appearance against Maritimo], I would like him to stay," Silas told reporters post-match, as per Goal.

"Right now I don't know if he will stay or not, but I would like to count on him at least until the end of the season.”

He then went on to praise the Portuguese and admitted that they would suffer if he leaves.

"Bruno Fernandes is a different player, he sees things that no one sees. Being further back and seeing these movements, the defence begins to decline. Any team that had Bruno Fernandes in Portugal would suffer if they lost him. If so we will have to look for solutions."