‘If Benfica wants to end the relationship, it will be accepted by us’: Jose Mourinho admits he is open to TERMINATING Tottenham flop Gedson Fernandes’ loan spell in January
- Jose Mourinho admitted he could end Gedson Fernandes’ loan from Benfica
- The midfielder joined back in January on an 18-month loan from Portugal
- However, he had failed to make an impact and Mourinho would let him return
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho admitted he could end Gedson Fernandes’ loan spell from Benfica early in January.
The midfield flop has failed to make an impact in north London since joining from the Portuguese club on an 18-month loan, making just one appearance for Tottenham this season.
Spurs have healthy competition for places in central midfield, with Fernandes finding himself low down in the pecking order behind the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Giovani Lo Celso, Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele.
Jose Mourinho admitted he could end Gedson Fernandes’ loan from Benfica early in January
The Tottenham boss has entertained the idea of cutting his 18-month loan spell in January
Mourinho has entertained the idea of ending the 21-year-old’s loan spell early and letting him return to Benfica in the January transfer window if the interest is there.
‘For me it is never a problem, but a solution. Having him in the squad, even if he is not called up and not playing, is an extremely comfortable situation,’ Mourinho told SportTV.
‘I will never be the one to push him or say that I don’t want him here. But I understand the situation of the kid and Benfica.
‘If the club wants to end the relationship here, we will be here to collaborate, because we want the good of the player. Benfica has the power to decide and will be accepted by us.’
The midfield flop has failed to make an impact since joining from the Portuguese club
Gedson was a regular starter for the Liga NOS side after spending over a decade working his way through the youth ranks.
Earlier this year, the midfielder told the club website that he was finding the transition to the Premier League tougher than he expected to.
‘It’s completely different to what we saw on the TV. When I made my first minutes, I couldn’t believe it because everything felt so slow but at the same time everything was so fast on the pitch. It’s something different to learn,’ Gedson said.
‘Mentally, I think when you play the first few minutes of a game, you feel so tired. After that you feel okay, you feel comfortable, so you can play your game but yes, in the first few minutes, they are crazy moments.
‘You are alert, you want to see what’s happening but, at the same time, you have no time to wait and watch around to see where your man is. You need to be focused. Your head has to stay in the moment.’
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