Manuel Fernandes

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SOCHI, March 25. /TASS/. Midfielder football club “locomotive” Manuel Fernandes could be one of the key players of the Portuguese national team for the 2018 world Cup in Russia. This opinion TASS expressed by the former Portuguese striker Nuno Gomes.

“I know very well, Manu, he played in Benfica, when I was a captain, he grew up there in the high-class professional. He plays very well not only this season, overall his career is developing. I like his game for Lokomotiv, so I believe that he will go to Portugal for the world Cup. Fernandes could become one of its key players, the game is in Russia could become an advantage, but the coach will generally be a difficult choice,” said Gomes.

32-year-old Fernandes previously played for the Portuguese “Benfica”, English “Liverpool” and “Everton”, the Spanish “Valencia” Turkish “Besiktas”. In 2014, the midfielder plays for the Moscow “locomotive”, which twice won the Cup of Russia. In this season, the Portuguese spent in the railroad 34 matches in various tournaments, in which he scored 13 goals, he for the first time since 2012 received the call-up. The Portuguese team, he played two meetings in November last year – against the teams of Saudi Arabia and the United States, in which he scored one goal.

The world Cup will be held in 11 Russian cities from June 14 to July 15. Portugal will play in one group with the teams of Spain (15 June, the stadium “Fisht”), Morocco (June 20, Luzhniki stadium) and Iran (25 June, “Mordovia arena”).