REAL MADRID and Barcelona are ready to lock horns in a battle to get Bruno Fernandes out of Old Trafford.
The Spanish giants are closely monitoring Fernandes’ situation despite the player having spent just eight months at Manchester United.
While Fernandes denies there are serious problems at the club, the midfielder was unhappy about being subbed at half-time in this month’s 6-1 loss against Spurs.
He was also very vocal in a dressing-room row at the break before being told by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he was being swapped for Fred.
When asked yesterday why he had subbed the player, Solskjaer refused to explain.
He said: “There are many reasons behind subs in a game and if I explain every time I take a player off, I don’t think that’s the right thing.
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“I explained to Bruno and he accepted it, no problem.”
The player and club have tried to play down suggestions of a half-time row between Fernandes and Harry Maguire as they trailed Spurs 4-1.
The Portuguese, 26, also had to dismiss a story in his homeland that he lacked faith in Solskjaer’s tactics, claiming that was not the case.
Ahead of today’s visit to Newcastle, Solskjaer added: “He’s clearly not happy with the stories but welcome to United, this is what happens.
“They are going to try to create a division between us but it’s not going to happen.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer confirmed Man Utd have triggered the one-year extension in Paul Pogba’s contract.
His deal was up at the end of this season but with no announcement the club had taken the option to extend it by a year.
Last week Pogba again flirted with Real Madrid, saying it would be a dream to play for them.
But Solskjaer said: “Paul’s our player, he’s going to be here for another two years.
“He’s focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best from Paul and I’m sure in the next couple of years we’ll get the best out of him.”
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