Pep Guardiola says there was no interest from Manchester City in signing current Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes, according to reports.
The playmaker signed for the Red Devils in the January transfer window from Sporting Lisbon for £47million and has since impressed with two goals and two assists in four Premier League matches.
Ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford, Guardiola praised Fernandes but says the current Premier League champions were not in the race to sign the Portugal international.
Fernandes has hit the ground running at Old Trafford.
“I said many times it looks like we are linked with a thousand million players every month,” the Spanish boss told reporters.
“I don’t know if the agents want to create something to do that. But I think the club was not in talks with his agent about this player, but they link this guy and a thousand million more.
“I don’t know what it means ‘my type of player’. I like defenders too and good headers.
“I don’t believe too much that these players are perfect for this team and manager. But I think he is an exceptional player and that is why Man United bought him.”
Prior to his move to Old Trafford, Fernandes registered 62 goals and 52 assists in 137 appearances for Sporting.