The coach who scouted Bruno Fernandes in 2012 said the Manchester United man only had one weakness when he signed him for Novara.
In an exclusive interview with Football Italia Mauro Borghetti revealed he went to scout the Portugal star while he was head of the Novara youth section eight years ago. He claimed Fernandes’ attitude shone like a beacon and claims his physicality was his only weakness.
“He didn’t do great things in that game, but he was a footballer who showed great technical skills and vision,” said Borghetti.
“Above all, he had a great personality which is what distinguishes him now that he is playing football at top levels. As far as I know, we were the only club that wanted to sign him at that time and he immediately accepted our offer.
“He worked hard, trying to learn Italian right away, he joined the group and was immediately welcomed because he was able to establish good relationships with his team-mates.
“He had excellent relations with all the figures inside Novarello. His skills are mainly technical and mental. He must have worked on his physical abilities, which were the only things below average.
“Not from an athletic point of view, he’s always had endurance and aerobic abilities. I speak of his structure. He turned 18 during the season he spent at Novara, he has now improved his physical structure.”
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