Chelsea manager admits he tried to sign Manchester United player

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted he tried signing Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes during his time at PSG.

The German tactician also revealed a deal could not materialise because the Portuguese preferred a move to Manchester United.

He also praised the player’s unbelievable impact at Old Trafford.

Speaking about Bruno Fernandes ahead of Man United’s clash vs Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel said: “We (PSG) tried to make it happen.

“It was when we just arrived. My first sporting director in Paris knew [Fernandes] very well. We watched more and more games about him. We fought hard to have a connection to him and to bring him to our team.

“We tried and he went another way. It is bad for us that we have to play against him [on Sunday].

“To come from Portugal, from a competitive team – a big club but not from the strongest league – and step 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.

“He has [had] 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. The impact he has had is indescribable and unbelievable.”