Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel revealed that he was keen on signing Bruno Fernandes for Paris Saint-Germain before he joined Manchester United.
Tuchel will have to find a way to contain Manchester United’s talisman when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side heads to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Fernandes has scored 15 goals and provided 10 assists in 25 Premier League games this season. He is one of the candidates to be crowned Player of the Year.
Tuchel admitted he is well aware of his quality after “fighting hard” to bring him to his former club PSG.
“We fought hard to have a connection to him and to bring him to our team. I got made aware of him more in detail. said Tuchel
“so we watched more and more games about him and followed him and tried to be in touch with him to make it happen.
“Obviously, he decided [to sign for Man Utd] and I was never personally in touch with him, but we tried and he went another way. [It is] bad for us that we have to play against him.’
The Chelsea boss was full of praise for the Portugal International, for how he has quickly adapted in the Premier League.
“The impact he has had since he arrived at Manchester United is indescribable and unbelievable,’ Tuchel added.
“To come from Portugal, from a competitive team, a big club but not from the strongest league and stepping in a year to one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and the strongest league in Europe and to have this kind of impact, I have nothing but the biggest respect for this guy.
“It is outstanding. He is one of the best midfielders in the world, attacking midfielders, and he has a huge, huge impact, and to have this as a single person in football, you must be absolutely top-level because this is almost impossible.”