Enzo Fernandez will remain with Benfica after the end of the January transfer window, according to Portuguese giants head coach Roger Schmidt.
The Argentina midfielder has been closely linked with a move to Chelsea for a month but Benfica are reportedly pushing the Premier League team to comply with a clause believed to be worth £106m (£120m). million euros).
Schmidt previously described Chelsea’s pursuit of the 22-year-old as “disrespectful” and, speaking to reporters on Wednesday, reaffirmed his belief that Fernandes would stay.
“Yes, of course,” he said of the player left in Lisbon. “When you see Enzo playing for Benfica, you can tell he is fit and happy. He doesn’t think about anything else.
“I don’t expect to lose any of our regular starters. I see that the players are concentrated, and I hope that this will continue.
Fernández, who just won last month’s World Cup and also won the Young Players’ Tournament trophy, leads the Primeira Liga in passing attempts this season with 1511, 260 more than next (Sporting’s Gonzalo Inácio 1251 ).
Chelsea already had a busy window, signing David Datro Fofan, Andrej Santos, Joao Felix (loan), Benoît Badiachil, Mihail Mudrik and Noni Maduque.
1 – Enzo Fernandez led all players in touches (118), passes (77) and tackles (10) in the final. His 10 tackles were the most by any player in a World Cup final since Gennaro Gattuso in 2006 (15). Blessed. pic.twitter.com/lm03PdjnWM
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