Bruno Fernandes wades in on Cristiano Ronaldo interview & explains handshake snub
Bruno Fernandes has revealed he hasn’t seen Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview and has no issues with his Manchester United and Portugal team-mate.
Just a few days before the start of the World Cup, Ronaldo heavily criticised Man Utd in a TV interview with Piers Morgan.
He hit out at Erik ten Hag, the Glazers, club facilities, the attitude of the young players and more in a wide-ranging sit-down.
Amid the release of the interview, Ronaldo and Fernandes both joined up with the Portugal squad ahead of their World Cup campaign and footage was released of the two sharing a somewhat frosty handshake.
However, Fernandes said it was just a joke and that the audio that accompanies the footage proves that.
“I was watching one of the channels that was talking about that, ‘was cold, was bad’, for 45 minutes. All of a sudden they go to a break, the national team send it with sound,” he told Sky Sports.
“The sound says that he is joking with me and so they come back and said there was a joke and they cut there. They said, ‘if you want to see it again just go back’ but if they go back they will see there’s a problem. But if they are really true and explain what was in that video people will know [it was a joke].
“This is the national team, Manchester United will be my focus after the World Cup.”
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Fernandes further claimed that he hasn’t even seen or read about the interview yet and is only thinking about the World Cup.
“I didn’t read the interview so I’m okay with that,” he added. “Now it’s the national team, it’s Portugal.
“The coach made a point that it’s us. He’s made that point since I came to the national team in 2017 and that is still clear that in his mind the main thing here is the national team and us.
“We have to be focused on the World Cup because a World Cup doesn’t come every time. You don’t have a chance to play a World Cup many times.”