Date published: Friday 11th September 2020 8:50
Rejuvenated Manchester United midfielder Fred says he has no intention of leaving for Galatasaray this summer.
Despite a much-improved season fro the Brazilian last month stories emerged of a move to Turkey.
The Turkish newspaper Fotomac (via Sport Witness) reported that Galatasaray were plotting a loan for the defensive midfielder.
Gala boss Fatih Terim had apparently given the green light for a move for Fred. And the Turkish club’s board were monitoring the 27-year-old’s situation at Old Trafford.
That situation improved dramatically last season after a poor debut campaign in England.
He started 23 Premier League matches as United powered to a third-place finish. He was also a first-choice option for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after lockdown as United reached the Europa League semi-finals.
And he wants to build on that and win some silverware after semi-final heartache last season.
“I want to stay here – that’s my desire,” he told FFT. “I don’t want to leave. As I’ve always said, I want to be an important player and win trophies for this club.
“[Van de Beek’s arrival] means we’re getting stronger and that’s good for everyone at United.
“We need more players for this season because it will be even more demanding: the calendar is crammed and we need a strong squad to compete for every title. When you play at a big club, there will always be competition – I’m used to it. It’s been like that from day one at United.”
His improved displays last term were tempered by three semi-finals defeats and Fred says the season was not a great one.
He added: “We can’t say it was a good one, because we didn’t win a trophy. For a club like Manchester United, it’s not a good season without a title.
“We managed to reach three semi-finals but lost them all. We were close to our goals, but they just didn’t come our way – I was really confident that we would win something, but it didn’t happen.
“At least we managed to play good football at times during the campaign, and qualifying for the Champions League was very important because this club must be in that competition. It was crucial to get our place back, but that alone isn’t enough: we want to fight for that title, too.
“The good thing is that we’re improving as a team and I think we’re heading in the right direction. Trophies will come our way soon.”
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