The loan of Benfica playmaker Bernardo Silva to French club Monaco has been made permanent in exchange for €15.75 million entering the Lisbon club's coffers. 

Portugal U21 international Bernardo has played an increasingly significant role at the club from the principality, who are managed by Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim. Just this past weekend he was named in the Ligue1 "Team of the Week" by L'Equipe after scoring the winner in Monaco's 1-0 victory over Nantes. 

Bernardo Silva forms a midfield partnership with compatriot João Moutinho, revealing this week that he considers the ex Sporting and Porto midfielder "an example, who has helped me grow and develop."

Nevertheless, the 20-year-old has never hidden his fanatical support for Benfica, stating on several occasions that he hopes to return to the Estádio da Luz and fight for a first-team berth. 

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The sale will no doubt attract criticism given that it contradicts the frequent declarations from Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira that the goal is to build a team largely comprising of Portuguese youth players nurtured at the club's Seixal Academy. 

On the other side of the coin is the fact that throughout Jorge Jesus's six-year reign as Benfica coach his team set-up has not included a pure No10 - precisely the position Bernardo excels in. 

The January transfer window has seen several Benfica's youth players sent out on loan until the end of the season. Rúben Pinto and Fábio Cardoso will play at Paços de Ferreira, while Bébe (Cordoba), Hélder Costa (Deportivo La Coruna) and Nélson Oliveira (Swansea) will try their luck abroad. 


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  • Guest - Andre/UK

    Yes I was baffled to hear this news today. I always thought Bernardo Silva should have been kept this season and that with all the players having left in the summer, this would have been his breakthrough season at the club. And now to hear that the club are not even going to keep him at all is very strange and raises a number of issues.

    On one hand, to get 15 million for a young player who's only played one game for the senior team does seem like very good business. On the other hand if Silva is already worth this amount having played just half a season in a top division, what might his value be in a few years time? A hasty decision from the club? Yes, I think so. Let's take the example of Andre Gomes. We all thought getting 15 million was a great deal for him. Was it really though, in retrospect? The other day Gomes was man of the match against the Galacticos of Real Madrid and Valencia have subsequently put a 100 million release clause on him, after just a few months at the club. I think in both cases Benfica sold way too early, and this latest sale shows Benfica is still clearly screwed financially and still need to keep selling like there's no tomorrow. After all the money made in the summer, we still had to sell Enzo and now Silva as well in this January window, I think it's quite clear.

    Lastly I agree with the point about lack of opportunity for Portuguese youth. Whatever LFV says, he's not fooling anybody. To repeat again, after the mass exodus of key players last summer, this season should have been the perfect chance for the talented young players to show what they can do, but no, instead the likes of Cavaleiro, Silva and Cancelo were loaned out, and now Silva sold outright. There's much I like about JJ as a coach, but his lack of faith and trust in young local players is annoying, no doubt about it. While we remain top of the table I won't criticize too much, but I have to say I have not liked a lot of the transfer activity of the club since the end of last season and the continuous lack of opportunity for the young local talent.

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  • Sad, funny and great news all at the same time. I agree Andre, LFV isn't fooling anyone beyond the "head in the sand" type of fan. Pizzi, Steven Vittoria and Bebe get the hell out of there asap! How good would all 3 look at say Braga? Belenenses?

    "stating on several occasions that he hopes to return to the Estádio da Luz and fight for a first-team berth."
    - My advice, don't waste your obvious talent on them Bernardo, they don't care about you only how much coin you will bring.

    I would like to thank France, Spain, England, Germany and Sporting for developing Portuguese talent. The speech Mourinho made when he accepted his award is lost on some Portuguese clubs.

    from Burlington, ON, Canada
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  • Smh... Benfica...Bernardo Silva is a top youth talent no doubt about it and deserved way better treatment and regard from his "home" club. I'm not a Benfica fan and things like this just continue to reinforce why I don't like that club, but regardless of that I admired Bernardo Silva's talent. How many Portuguese players need to be blanked and rejected by Benfica?? I mean come on! Bernardo Silva could have easily been a regular player for Benfica. Im dissapointed as usual with the way they go about things.

    But its not my club so whatever, and actually for Bernardo Silva its maybe a good thing cause he's respected and gets games with Leonardo Jardim in Monaco, and that way he can push on and get to the full national team soon hopefully.

    from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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  • Guest - Oscar

    Is it any coincidence that 17 yo Romario Balde is now refusing to sign a new contract and will leave for free at seasons end

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  • Guest - jon/usa

    Some may view 15 million euros for a relatively inexperienced and unproven prospect as a tidy piece of business, but I am extremely disappointed to see us lose Bernardo before he was given a proper chance to represent the club of his heart at the highest level. He was, in my opinion, the most talented player Benfica has produced since Rui Costa, so his sudden departure has been a particularly tough pill to swallow.

    Nevertheless, I wish him the very best at Monaco. He has recently established himself as a key component in Leonardo Jardim's starting 11 and will likely feature against Arsenal in the upcoming round of 16 tie next month. I actually wouldn't be surprised to see him get a national team call-up for our upcoming qualifier against Serbia. He's a classy #10 with an exquisite touch, superb close control, and an exceptional football IQ. It is such a shame that we will probably never get a chance to see him showcase his extraordinary talent at the Estadio da Luz.

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  • Guest - DL

    This is absolutely pathetic.

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    "Jorge Jesus doesn't care about Portuguese people"

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  • OK,

    So my thoughts on this are;

    It was strange when Bernardo was sent from Benfica on loan to a team of similar standing to Benfica. I mean why would they 'loan' a player with little first team experience? Until now I've wondered why,
    but now it seems clear that the deal was
    already done and probably due to financial fair play rules could not be finalised until the new year. I mean usually players get loaned to clubs like Deportivo, Córdoba etc but not top level ones. So I wonder if Nelson Oliveira and Joao Cancelo are also gone. I'd say yes to both. As a supporter it's frustrating that management are so one dimensional and narrow minded in the way they operate the club. I understand it's a business as much as a club but I just think there are better ways to do things. I mean making decisions based solely on the money in front of you is not s good way to do things. I mean let's stop and think about what sort of message does this send to any young player in the team who chose to come to Benfica over others because of their love for the team? How do fans feel when we sell our best players before they've hardly kicked a ball. Anyone thinking we got good money for Andre Gomes should watch the Valencia vs Real Mardid game were he was the best player by far. Box to box player, with vision, passing, tackling and an amazing long range first time shooting ability.

    Finally I sincerely wish Bernardo all the best.



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  • It's to hijack this post with unrelated material but I'be attended a few Asian Cup games and was very impressed with an Uzbek player called Vitaly Denisov. I've actually been following his career since he was a junior but he seems to have really matured now. Last year he was voted best Left back in the Russian League so at $5 million odd or possibly less in my opinion he's perfect for Benfica (probably out of Sportings price range).

    from Melbourne VIC, Australia
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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    0 Stars for Benfica on this deal.

    5 Stars to Chris for that Kanye West pic! LOL! Well done!:)

    from Burlington, ON, Canada
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