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United target Fernandes "deserves" to play in England - Sporting boss

Sporting Lisbon head coach Silas admits he doesn't know if Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes will play for the club again.

The €60million-rated midfielder featured in the Lisbon derby last night - as Sporting were beaten 2-nil by Benfica.

Silas is hoping to hold onto Bruno but admits he understands the appeal of moving to England:

"So far we don't know, nor does Bruno know. We will try to keep him for more games, but it's not up to us. The only wish I have is the best for him. I would prefer that he not leave.

"He's a player who wants to play in a league superior to ours. What player wouldn't want to play in the Premier League? It's hard to tell him: 'Don't go.'

"Bruno deserves to play in those kind of leagues and the best is that one. If he is one of the best he has to be there."

The Sporting manager also conceded that he doesn't know if Bruno will be available for their Cup match against Braga this week:

"I don't know. I'm going to prepare for the game with Bruno, now from then on I don't know what will happen. He is a player who aspires to play in a league superior to ours. It is difficult to tell him 'don’t go.'"

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