Benfica supervisor Roger Schmidt has referred to as strikes to “entice” World Cup winner and reported Chelsea goal Enzo Fernandez from Portugal as “unacceptable”.
Schmidt addressed the way forward for Argentina midfielder Fernandez on Thursday forward of Benfica’s Primeira Liga residence fixture towards Portimonense.
Chelsea are stated to be in talks over signing the 21-year-old Fernandez, named Best Young Player on the World Cup in Qatar and who has a launch clause of about £106 million.
Without naming the membership chasing Fernandez’s signature, Schmidt was quoted on the Benfica web site as saying the Lisbon outfit are being disrespected over the participant’s scenario.
Schmidt stated: “First, Enzo is a very good guy and a fantastic player. I like him a lot, we all do and of course, we want him to stay at Benfica.
“His situation is not easy. He played in the World Cup, became a world champion, and received proposals.
“There’s a lot of money on the table, and in this situation, as a young player, you get a little confused when you think about it. I think it’s something that people can understand.”
Fernandez began Benfica’s 3-0 defeat at Braga final Friday, however he missed two coaching periods forward of the Portimonense recreation after returning to Argentina with out permission.
Schmidt, who stated Fernandez would face penalties over that call, stated: “He was not well last week. He went to Argentina without permission, missed training, and that’s not acceptable.
“The second point of this thread is that we don’t want to sell him. Nobody in this club wants to sell him. Not me, not the president, nobody.
“The third point is that there is a club that wants our player. They know we don’t want to sell him.
“They have tried to entice the player, knowing that they can only have him when they pay the release clause.
“The situation is very clear. That club is disrespecting all of us, Benfica, and it is unacceptable.”