Prior to his move to Galatasaray last summer, Bruma was widely tipped to move to Chelsea.
Hailed in some quarters as “the next Cristiano Ronaldo”, the winger was even reported to have pleaded with his then-club Sporting Lisbon to let him complete a move to Stamford Bridge.
But it was not to be, and he instead moved for €10million to Turkey, where he began well but would later suffer a knee ligament injury that has seen him face a prolonged spell on the side-lines.
At just 19, Bruma has had something of a whirlwind start to his footballing career. And the similar could be said of his former Sporting teammate Carlos Mane.
Another 19-year-old, Mane has burst on to the scene in Portugal this season – scoring consecutive match-winning goals against Olhanense and Rio Ave that have kept his side in touch with league leaders Benfica while FC Porto have slipped to third.
Mane has been linked with a move to Manchester United, and while David Moyes’ scouts have reportedly been in Portugal to run the rule over William Carvalho, they are likely to have been impressed by what they saw of Mane – despite his reported €45million release-clause.
But in an interview with A Bola, Bruma has given Mane some advice following his sudden propulsion into the spotlight.
In relation to the links with other clubs, the Galatasaray player said, “What I can tell you is do not connect to these things, try to keep away from all that is being said.
“Mane has to stay focused at work.”
They are wise words from someone who knows the pressures speculation and sudden fame can bring. And of his former teammate Bruma added, “Carlos Mane has everything, but will have to think about one thing at a time.
“We are friends and I am pleasantly surprised by how he has been highlighted. He must remain so, and always give his maximum.”
At just 19, there is no reason for Mane to rush into a move. But having seen Bruma move on so young, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the player who, for now at least, remains in Lisbon.
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