Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has suggested that he will not stand in the way of Gedson Fernandes if the young Portuguese ace wants to end his loan early and return to Benfica. And these comments might just prove that West Ham dodged a big bullet in January.
The Hammers were close to agreeing a deal to sign the 21-year-old in January on loan with an obligation to buy for £33 million, according to a report from Sky Sports.
The east London outfit’s pursuit of the 21-year-old aroused Tottenham’s interest, however.
And the Portuguese starlet ended up joining Spurs on an 18-month loan deal. The north London club allegedly have an option to buy the midfielder for £56 million in the summer of 2021 (The Sun).
Fernandes has not made any kind of impact at Tottenham, however. He has made just 13 appearances for Spurs, and has failed to register either a goal or an assist during those outings.
The Portuguese midfielder hasn’t played for Tottenham since September’s Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea.
And Jose Mourinho has admitted that he won’t stand in the youngster’s way if he wants an early return to Benfica.
The Tottenham boss told Sport TV:
“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.”
If Mourinho had any hope that Fernandes has what it takes, he certainly wouldn’t be so willing to allow him to return to his parent club before his loan ends.
Perhaps the Spurs manager’s comments just prove that the 21-year-old isn’t a truly elite player.
And at the same time, that could mean that West Ham dodged a £33 million bullet earlier this year.