Bruno Fernandes congratulated his former team-mate Raphinha after the Brazilian earned his first senior call-up to the national side.
The pair played together at Sporting CP in Portugal and have kept in contact, despite Raphinha playing for rivals Leeds United.
Fernandes spoke previously about the bond the two shared on the pitch while playing in Portugal, saying “I miss Raphinha” and that the Brazilian is “a player with whom I had a different chemistry from the others, he understood me at a glance.”
So it comes as no surprise that the United maestro reached out to Raphinha to congratulate him on his deserved selection for Brazil’s upcoming games against Venezuela, Colombia and Uruguay.
“Bruno congratulated me a lot. He told me that I deserved it so much, that I had been deserving it for a while,” said Raphinha (via ESPN Brasil).
“This happens with friends who talk a lot, more intimacy like that, more jokes. But he praised me a lot, congratulated me. He said he wasn’t surprised at all by what was happening and what would happen.
“And for me, receiving compliments like that from people I admire, not only professionally but personally, is also very rewarding.”
United were linked to Raphinha in the summer, but went on to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £73million. Leeds signed Daniel James to join the Brazilian at Elland Road on summer transfer deadline day, in a £25million deal with add-ons.
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