The Benfica coach accuses Chelsea of ​​being ‘disrespectful’ in their search for Enzo Fernández

‘Disrespectful’ Chelsea are ‘driving Enzo Fernandez crazy’ by ‘pretending’ they’ll pay his £106m release clause, says Benfica boss Roger Schmidt… while telling Todd Boehly NO other orders will be accepted offers

  • Chelsea have been negotiating with Benfica for midfielder Enzo Fernández
  • The two clubs have not yet reached an agreement on a deal for the Argentine.
  • Benfica manager Roger Schmidt accused Chelsea of ​​being ‘disrespectful’
  • He feels the club have no intention of paying Fernandez’s £106m release clause.
  • Schmidt also believes that Chelsea’s conduct has driven Fernández “crazy”

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Chelsea have been accused of being disrespectful in their pursuit of Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez.

Benfica manager Roger Schmidt has criticized the Londoners, who have been thwarted in their attempts to sign the World Cup-winning midfielder after talks between the clubs.

The Portuguese club do not want to sell the 21-year-old, who has been named Qatar’s best young player, and have underscored their stance by demanding that only the full payment of his £106m release clause be paid out of the deal.

Chelsea have been in talks with Benfica over Argentinian midfield star Enzo Fernández

Chelsea have been in talks with Benfica over Argentinian midfield star Enzo Fernández

Now Schmidt has suggested that Chelsea have gone back on their word, saying: ‘We don’t want to sell Enzo. Not me, not the president, nobody.

We know it, everyone knows it, he has a clause in his contract and if the player wants to leave and someone comes and pays the clause, of course we can’t work against that. Then maybe we lose the player.

There is a club that wants our player. They know we don’t want to sell the player. They tried to get the player on their side and they know they can only get this player when they pay the clause.

‘So it’s a very clear situation. What the club that wants to buy Enzo is doing is disrespectful against all of us, against Benfica and I cannot accept it.

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

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

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

“Making the player crazy, pretending that he can pay the clause and then wanting to negotiate, that is not what I understand of a good relationship between clubs that may want to discuss a player. So that’s what I can say about the whole Enzo thing.

Fernández has told Benfica, who have tried to convince him to stay, that he wants to go to Chelsea.

He asked to be left out of his meeting with Braga last week amid interest from Chelsea but ended up being persuaded to play and made it past 89 minutes of an embarrassing 3-0 defeat.

However, he defied club orders by returning to Argentina to celebrate the New Year, missing training in the process before returning to the club on Tuesday. Benfica returns to action tonight against Portimonense and Fernández’s participation is unclear, amid concerns about the possible reaction he could have from fans.

Schmidt accused Chelsea of ​​driving Fernández crazy with his persecution

Schmidt accused Chelsea of ​​driving Fernández crazy with his persecution

Schmidt accused Chelsea of ​​driving Fernández crazy with his persecution

Chelsea have already had success in the transfer window this month and on Thursday confirmed the £35m capture of defender Benoit Badiashile from Monaco on a seven-and-a-half-year deal.

Striker David Fofana has also joined from Molde and the club have closed a deal for midfielder Andrey Santos from Vasco da Gama.

They also held talks with Shakhtar Donetsk about winger Mykhailo Mudryk as they position themselves to hijack Arsenal’s attempts to sign the Ukrainian standout.

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