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Bruno Fernandes Hoping for a reunion with Raphinha on Sunday



Bruno Fernandes


Bruno Fernandes is hoping his former Sporting Lisbon team-mate Raphinha will be fit to face the red devils and also stating that there are no friends on the pitch.

Bruno is close friends with the Brazilian, who has proved a Sensational and key signing for Leeds united and impressive return to premier league.

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Replying to a question from Sani in Nigeria during Manchester united interview, Bruno discussed Leeds and Raphinha in particular, as part of a wider fans’ Q&A, with the first part to be released on Wednesday morning on the Official App and

“So Sani, I know what this means for the fans,” Bruno explained. “We talked about that before the first game [at Old Trafford] and, of course, with the fans it can be a really good game and atmosphere, an intense atmosphere over there.

“I think every player likes those kind of intense games, the atmosphere would be good with the fans but we have to make it good anyway, without fans.

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“About Raphinha, unluckily for Leeds, I think maybe he will still be injured at the time,“ Bruno added. “I hope not. I hope I can play against him but, if I have to put him down in the game, I will put him down! The relationships stay out of the game. He knows that. He is one of the players who knows me better than anyone. He knows the relationship but even in the training ground, he knows it never counts when we play against each other. If we have to fight in the game, we’ll fight for everything and then go home.”

“If there is time to see each other, we will see and we will talk but he knows, in the game, there are no friends at all.”

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Leeds extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Monday night and, after the match, Bielsa, Leeds Boss provided an update on Raphinha’s injury, which he sustained in the shock 2-1 away win at Manchester City.

“He is in the process of recovery,” said the Leeds coach. “We will have to continue evaluating him on a daily basis.”