Benfica manager Roger Schmidt has hinted Enzo Fernandez wants to leave Benfica in January amid interest from Chelsea.
The 21 year old Argentina World Cup winner is also attracting interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United.
Benfica are reportedly adamant Fernandez will only leave the Portuguese club if his €120million (£106m) release clause is met and Chelsea are reportedly willing to trigger his release clause.
Speaking ahead of Benfica’s game against Braga on Friday, Benfica boss Schmidt was asked if had pleaded with Fernandez to remain at the club until the end of the season.
“I can’t reveal those conversations,” Schmidt said, Record report.
“When I talk to the players, these are things I keep to myself. What I can say is what I’ve already said. We all know what football is like.
“These young people have opportunities, and it’s not just about Enzo. If they have opportunities, they have to make decisions, and I respect them.
“I can advise them, but they only have one career. If I can convince them or influence them in a certain way, I try to do it, but I accept their decisions.”