​Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes has stressed that he will not look to force a move away from Lisbon this season, but the Portugal international hinted that returning to one of Europe's top five leagues is inevitable.

The 25-year-old was targeted by Manchester United, Tottenham and Real Madrid during the summer after a stunning season in the Portuguese capital, having a direct hand in 50 goals in just 53 appearances for the club.

He ended up staying with Sporting CP but is still being linked with a move away, and Fernandes suggests that he is bound to leave the José Alvalade Stadium in the not too distant future.

Bruno Fernandes

"I'm not worried at all [about transfer rumours]," Fernandes said, quoted by Goal"Since 2016, there's been talk about my possible departure.

"I'm well, doing my job and doing the best I can. I have dreams to fulfil but I have no need to force my departure. I feel the love here and if I have to leave, I hope I leave good memories."

Fernandes is in his third season with Sporting CP after he returned to Portugal following an underwhelming spell in Italy.

The 25-year-old first moved to minnows Novara Calcio seven years ago, going on to have spells with Udinese and Sampdoria before eventually joining Sporting in an £8m deal.

Even though interest in Fernandes is coming from almost every major club in Europe there still hasn't been a concrete price tag which has been set which would allow him to leave Sporting CP.

Although most interest during the summer came from Manchester United and Real Madrid, club president Frederico Varandas confirmed earlier this season that he rejected a bid from Tottenham for Fernandes in the last transfer window.

Although the package that Tottenham presented would have been worth up to €65m, Varandas turned down the offer as €20m was tied up in 'unrealistic' add-ons which included winning the Premier League and Champions League.

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