Bruno Fernandes has revealed he agreed a Premier League transfer but Sporting refused to sell.
The midfielder was highly linked with a move away from the Portuguese capital this summer, with intense interest from the Premier League.
The 24-year-old has now opened up about a move to Premier League Tottenham that was blocked by the club.
Fernandes revealed that he got “everything right” for the move to go through but the north Londoners failed to meet Sporting’s €70million valuation.
In an interview with GQ, cited by Record , Fernandes said: “As you all know, Tottenham made a lot of proposals for me. Everything was right with me – or practically should be.
“I never made any big demands, my manager was always dealing with the financials.
“It was and is my goal to play in England, Sporting you know that, everyone knows that, and there were conditions for things to be done.
“But Sporting understood that the value was not enough and I have to respect the decision,” said the Sporting captain.
Fernandes went on to say that he is not upset with the Lions and will give his all for the club: “Any player has to be motivated to stay in a club like Sporting, a great club that strives for great goals.
“It would leave Sporting on the day, that my goals were not compatible with those of the club, but they are still.
“Having a dream of playing in England did not prevent continuity at Sporting. Sporting made the decision not sell me also because they believed in my worth and for believe that the values that were offered were not enough.
“I have to be flattered that Sporting does not accept values that for them are low and for me it has to be proud of the club to think I’m worth more.”