Fernandes joined Tottenham on an 18-month loan deal in January of last year and while the midfielder did get a few opportunities last season, he made just two appearances for the North Londoners’ this campaign.
Spurs and Benfica agreed to cut his loan spell short in January, with the Portuguese Under-21 international instead being loaned out to Galatasaray to get some game time under his belt.
Vinicius, who arrived on a season-long loan deal last summer, has had more opportunities than Fernandes but the Brazilian has largely had to be content with starts in cup competitions and the Europa League rather than in the Premier League.
Reports indicate that Spurs have decided not to take up the £36m option to sign the striker permanently at the end of the season and are instead looking at other alternatives.
Correio da Manha now reveal that after the pair’s experience at Tottenham, Benfica have decided they would be better served by keeping their players at the club and allowing them to fight for a place in the team.
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