Report: Transfer clause in midfielder’s contract creating controversy after Spurs exit 

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Gedson Fernandes’ loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur did not work out in the way the midfielder would have wanted.

Fernandes joined on an 18-month loan deal from Benfica in January of last year, with Spurs having the option to buy the midfielder permanently at the end of his loan spell for £56million (Telegraph). 

However, the midfielder only managed a handful of appearances in the second half of last season and barely featured until January during the current campaign (Transfermarkt). 

Benfica ended his loan spell prematurely in January and the Portuguese was instead loaned to Galatasaray for the remainder of the campaign.

However, according to FotoMac (as translated by Sport Witness), there is a controversial clause in Fernandes’ loan agreement with Galatasaray that is forcing the Turkish club to hand the midfielder a regular place in the starting eleven.

The report explains that the Portuguese Under-21 international continues to play every game under Fatih Terim despite the midfielder’s performances not meriting a place in the side. 

It is explained that Terim’s decision is because of a clause in the loan deal that states that any time Fernandes is out of the first-team and not injured, Benfica are due compensation.

Spurs Web Opinion 

After the torrid time that Gedson had at Spurs, it is clear that Benfica had to ensure that he received regular football at his next club. That is probably why they included such a clause. Based on the appraisal of his spell at Galatasaray so far, it looks like the Turkish club could be left to regret their decision to agree on such a clause. 

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