Bernardo Silva sends message to “rival” Bruno Fernandes as he signs for Man Utd

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva has informed Bruno Fernandes the pair are now “rivals” following his transfer to Manchester United.

But the Citizens star has wished his compatriot all the best, adding that he deserved to take a big step in his career in signing for the Red Devils.

Fernandes flew to Manchester on Wednesday night and was put up at the Lowry hotel before travelling to United’s Carrington training ground on Thursday morning for his medical.

United are paying Sporting £46.6million up front for Fernandes, plus up to £21.2million in add-ons, with the transfer set to be officially announced on Thursday afternoon.

Manchester City midfielder Silva plays alongside Fernandes for the Portugal national team.

The 25-year-old was asked for his opinion on the Man United transfer by Portuguese publication A Bola, and revealed his delight for Fernandes.

He did however remind the midfielder he is now rivals with him on the pitch.

“I’m very happy for him. It’s a big step for his career, which he deserves,” said Silva. “He’s going to play for one of the best clubs in the world.

“We’re going to be rivals but I wish him the best, apart from against us, obviously.

“I’m pleased he’ll be in Manchester and I hope we can go out to dinner from time to time.

“Changing country is always difficult, but it’s not Bruno’s first experience abroad and with the quality he has he’ll adapt well.”