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    ´They only have one career´ – Benfica coach Schmidt on Enzo Fernandez exit talk

    Enzo Fernandez and the rest of his Benfica teammates have only one career chance, Roger Schmidt admitted, but the manager won’t discuss transfers until the New Year.

    Fernández had a superb first season in Europe, helping the Lisbon club top the Lisbon Primeira Liga and the Champions League group before achieving World Cup success.

    The 21-year-old, who received the Young Players Tournament award for his performances in Qatar, is expected to be targeted by several European elites in the January transfer window.

    Schmidt had previously expressed hope that Fernandes and other Benfica stars who have made an impression at the World Cup will stay, but acknowledged on Thursday that the will of the players could be decisive.

    “These young players sometimes have opportunities,” he said ahead of Benfica’s match against Braga in Primeira. “It’s not just about Enzo, it’s about all the players.

    “It’s part of the football business. If they have the opportunity, they must make decisions. I can give them advice and recommendations.

    “But I have always respected the decisions of the players because they only have one career.”

    Fernandes, who only signed for Benfica from River Plate in June, has already been linked with clubs such as Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle United.

    As the transfer window is not yet officially open for business, Schmidt did not continue to discuss possible exits from Benfica, adding: “Until December 31st we are safe.

    “No one can buy a player. On the eve of the game with Braga, I’m just focused on this. Everything else will happen, perhaps when the transfer window opens.”

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