Mourinho asked whether Gedson Fernandes will stay at Spurs after FA Cup outing

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has claimed that he is still none the wiser with regards to whether Gedson Fernandes will be remaining at Spurs until the end of the season.

Tottenham originally signed the Benfica man on loan in an 18-month deal last January, meaning that he was supposed to remain in North London until the summer of 2021.

The deal also had an option-to-buy of around £42.76million (Sky Sports) on top of the reported £3.8m that Spurs paid for the initial loan deal (Football.London).

However, Fernandes has found minutes few and far between this season, with Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and more all seemingly above him in the pecking order.

Despite this, the young Portuguese midfielder was handed a rare start by Mourinho in the FA Cup clash against Marine this weekend, with Gedson putting in an energetic performance.

It was reported by Portuguese publication Journal Noticias (as relayed by TBR Football) that Benfica wanted to take the midfielder back early in January.

Mourinho said this on the matter (Football London): “I don’t know. I don’t know.

“If he stays I’m happy. Again, from a selfish point of view, I’m very happy if he stays because he’s a good player and when we need him we know that we have some quality coming from him.

“Of course, it’s a pity that he can’t be in the Europa League list. We’ve played already nine matches in the Europa League.

“I would imagine that playing in the Europa League would be a much happier situation for him. But in the selfish look at it, I would like him to stay but again we are not selfish and we think of the players.

“In this case, we also think about the father club so we have just to wait.”

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  1. I think in just about every sense this loan deal has been a total and utter failure. Gedson Fernandes appears to have no end product, does not fit well into Tottenham’s side when playing and has done nothing remarkable or remotely rememberable in these last months if truth be told. Despite having numerous opportunities in Sundays FA cup draw with Marine I found his performance disappointing and devoid of any real positives or at least none that actually spring to mind, whereas Dele -despite his highly notable absence overall in the last few weeks – gave a stellar and in my opinion MoTM performance in midfield largely pulling the strings in the 5-0 Tottenham win. I actually felt pretty disappointed for Dele being hauled off after two thirds of the encounter and found myself asking why this wasn’t Fernandes? As brutal as this sounds Gedson is just not going to cut it at Tottenham and needs to re-invent himself elsewhere to ressurect his young career.


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