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. your social media marketing partner

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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.

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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).

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    0 Stars for Benfica on this deal.

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

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  • I have always been one to defend Benfica's moves, but I do admit this one bothers me a bit. Granted, with Talisca coming in, I'm not so sure where Silva would have fit in. Playing Silva instead of Talisca, would have been a good argument.
    It would have been nice to maintaing an upcoming Benfiquista and see if he was able to gain a spot in the 11 and grow within the club. I like to think that we have higher aspirations then just getting knocked out of the group stages in the CL.
    More disturbing for me, is that I just don't see the next player that will stay at the club and remain happy. Luisao and Maxi are on the downside of their careers and Salvio and Nico are always being linked to a move. I was really hoping that Enzo wasn't that next long term player at the club. The lure of the hefty paycheck was too much.

    On a side note, I did find it funny how Enzo, Gomes and to a lesser extent Rodrigo, stated how good it was to go to such a big club like Valencia. LOL. Valencia has a long way to go before reaching Benfica's stature. It's always about the paycheck. Let me add, if Valencia fails to qualify for the CL Group Stages, Financial Fair Play rules could come down hard on them. They just don't have the revenue to justify all these signings.

    Getting back to Benfica, we really need to start supplementing our squad with some homegrown talent. Our overall roster, excluding B Team, is massive. We have a 28 man squad with an additional 14 players out on loan. I understand that we make money on the secondary market, but that's just too much.

    For Selecao fans, this move could be a blessing. Let's face it, Portuguese talent may be found here, but the big one's tend to be developed abroad. Let's not forget that Cristiano was developed at Man United. Hopefully Gomes will also continue to grow in stature and become a main piece in the Selecao for years to come.
    For those still moaning about Nelson, he's been a huge letdown. I hope he can get it together at Swansea, since they play attractive futebol. With Bony now officially gone, he'll get his chances if proven worthy. Let's hope he comes through.

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  • Guest - John /Australia

    Typical! Really did you expect anything else from Benfica.....Portuguese Clubs don't develop our own......sell them off. Portuguese Clubs namely Benfica and Porto like to invest in South Americans and making them into players instead of our own. No wonder our National team stocks are bare for high quality strikers, we can't rely on the ageing CR7. Even our midfielders stocks have potential but how many high quality midfielders we have and defenders. How about giving our kids ago. I hope Bernardo becomes a gun for Monaco and the National team....and show Benfica what idiots they really are.

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