It seems like the trouble at the Estadio de Luz is not ending anytime soon. Benfica recently parted ways with Jesus Jorge with a poor form in results the straw that breaks the camel’s back in this saga. The Portuguese has been at loggerheads with key figures at the club, and it was always a matter of time before it happens.
Elsewhere there’s regret on the option to buy clause that was stated in Jota’s loan move to Celtic. Jota was seen as surplus to requirements in the summer by Jesus Jorge, and the player had to leave on a year loan deal to the Celtics. Celtics signed the player but also included an obligation to buy the player for just £6m. When the deal was made, this seemed like the perfect deal for all parties involved.
Six months later, after a string of brilliant performances that have seen the 22-year-old score 8 goals for the Scottish side, it is looking like Benfica got it all wrong. Celtics FC is more than happy to sign the player permanently for what was agreed in the summer and is already making plans.
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has said that he would be keen to keep Jota beyond this season, with Celtic fighting to get Champions League football next summer. Benfica would be scratching their heads as to how they allowed such a brilliant football to leave under their nose for so cheap. Jota is currently a fan’s favorite at the club, with fans chanting his name the last time he turned up for them.
Though the decision to stay at Celtic Park lies ultimately with Jota. The Portuguese recently admits that he was left astonished by the love the Celtic fans have shown him in his time in Scotland. The winger is currently at Benfica as he’s assessed over an injury he picked up last month, but he would have to make a decision soon on where he wants to stay.