Benfica boss accuses Chelsea of being ‘disrespectful’ in their pursuit of Enzo Fernandez


‘Disrespectful’ Chelsea are ‘driving Enzo Fernandez CRAZY’ by ‘pretending’ they will pay his £106m release clause, says Benfica boss Roger Schmidt… as he tells Todd Boehly other offers WON’T be accepted

  • Chelsea have been negotiating with Benfica for midfielder Enzo Fernandez 
  • The two clubs are yet to reach an agreement over a deal for the Argentine
  • Benfica boss Roger Schmidt has accused Chelsea of being ‘disrespectful’ 
  • He feels the club have no intention of paying Fernandez’s £106m release clause
  • Schmidt also believes Chelsea’s conduct has driven Fernandez ‘crazy’ 

Benfica manager Roger Schmidt has accused Chelsea of being ‘disrespectful’ in their pursuit of Enzo Fernandez and believes the Premier League club are ‘pretending’ to be prepared to pay his £106m release clause.

Chelsea have made the 21-year-old their prime transfer target after he played a starring role in Argentina’s World Cup win last month and have been negotiating with Benfica in recent days.

But the two clubs are yet to reach an agreement – and Schmidt feels Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is not serious about paying Fernandez’s release clause in full.

Chelsea have been in negotiations with Benfica over Argentine midfield star Enzo Fernandez

Benfica boss Roger Schmidt thinks Todd Boehly has no intention of paying Fernandez's release clause

Benfica boss Roger Schmidt thinks Todd Boehly has no intention of paying Fernandez’s release clause

Speaking ahead of Benfica’s league game with Portimonense on Friday, Schmidt said: ‘We know that there is a release clause. If he wants to leave and someone violates the clause, maybe we lose the player. 

‘There is a club that wants him, they tried to attract him, but they know that they can only have him if they pay the clause. 

‘It’s disrespectful to all of us, to Benfica. They’re driving the player crazy, they pretend they want to pay the clause and then they want to negotiate.’

Chelsea have reportedly tried a number of ways to get Benfica to agree to sell Fernandez to them, including paying his transfer fee in instalments and offering £87m plus three players to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

Schmidt has accused Chelsea of driving Fernandez crazy with their pursuit of him

Schmidt has accused Chelsea of driving Fernandez crazy with their pursuit of him

Yet Schmidt’s comments make it clear that Benfica are only interested in letting Fernandez go if his release clause is met.

Fernandez missed Benfica training at the start of the week after deciding to fly back to Argentina while speculation over his future continued.

Benfica’s fans vented their anger on social media at his absence, and Schimdt has confirmed that Fernandez will be punished for his behaviour, but has suggested that he does not completely blame the player due to the ‘confusing’ situation he has found himself in.

‘Enzo is a good guy and an extraordinary player, we want him to stay. The situation is not easy. He played in the World Cup, won the World Cup, had proposals, there is a lot of money at stake,’ Schimdt said.

‘He is a young man, this is confusing, we all understand this. But he is an excellent person. He was not authorised to go to Argentina, it is not acceptable. There will be consequences, I will not say which ones.’

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