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Bruno Fernandes reveals Arsenal hope after €40m deal

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The Portugal international gave a ringing endorsement of his compatriot and Arsenal’s new boy Fabio Vieira.

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Bruno Fernandes has backed Arsenal’s signing of Fabio Vieira and hopes his Portuguese compatriot does well in the Premier League.

Vieira completed a €40 million switch to the Emirates from Porto last month on a five-year contract. It will be the 22-year-old’s first time playing outside his homeland. In doing so, he follows in the footsteps of several renowned Portuguese players – including Manchester United’s Fernandes.

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“I welcome all Portuguese players who go abroad. I hope he can shine to the fullest, except against me,” Fernandes told reporters in Portugal about Vieira’s move to north London.

“Fabio has a lot of quality and has been demonstrating that, whether in the FC Porto is in the Under-21s, he has had good numbers and good performances.

“I hope he succeeds like all the Portuguese out there. We have to start valuing what is ours and I hope that Fabio manages to be as good as possible, despite wanting to stay ahead.”

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In 39 appearances across all competitions last season, Vieira managed seven goals and 16 assists for Porto. It was a breakout campaign for the midfielder, who had only made his first-team debut in 2020.