Pundit issues verdict on Fernandes signing £400,000-a-week Man United deal
Man United star Bruno Fernandes does not yet deserve a contract on par with Cristiano Ronaldo’s, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 27-year-old should “concentrate on playing football” before demanding a bumper extension.
According to the Athletic (17 January), contract talks between Man United and Fernandes’ representatives have been shelved after the Portuguese midfielder rejected an offer from the Old Trafford club.
The report claims the former Sporting CP star is looking for “parity” with Ronaldo and David De Gea, who earn £400,000-per-week and £375,000-per-week respectively.
Hutton insisted Fernandes is in line for a wage increase after proving himself in England’s top flight.
“It’s a difficult one,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
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“You hear the word parity quite a lot when it comes to players and their contract renewal talks.
“I think when he first came in, obviously it was for big money, but I hadn’t really seen a lot of him.
“Maybe for that reason his wages were on the lower end because he was still yet to prove himself in this league.
“I think he has now done that and moving forward he could have a huge role on that Man United team.
“If you’re looking at him right now and asking yourself whether he deserves Cristiano Ronaldo’s wages – not for me.
“I’m sure he’s getting paid handsomely right now, but there’ll be a wage increase when they sit down – no doubt. It’s then up to him to decide whether he wants to be part of the rebuild at Man United.
“At this moment in time I just think he needs to concentrate on what he does best, and that’s playing football.”
Fernandes’ current terms expire in 2025.
However, Man United hold the option to extend his Old Trafford stay by another year.