In an interview with BTV, Rui Costa, candidate for the presidency of Benfica, took advantage of the conversation about reinforcements to leave some air about the Portuguese championship competition abroad. The leader of the eagles pointed this fact as decisive for losing some potential signings.
“Over these years some managed to convince them to come to Portugal because it was Benfica. The way I lost many players who added enormous value who told me they were going to Benfica, but not to Portugal. That’s why we have to be quicker in the search for some young people, but selective in hiring players and bigger in European terms”, he said.
The interim president of Benfica also addressed a bet on the training that is being carried out at the club.
«We have done a great job, just see that we have several players trained in the teams that compete in the Champions League. People think straight away why they don’t stay at the club, but often it’s not just up to us. It depends on the player, because here we can’t give the conditions that others give. It is the model of Portuguese football, in which there are no large teams without making sales. It is impossible to compete with other clubs that offer five times our salary cap”, he said, appealing to the members: “There will always be space for our young people in the main squad. We have Diogo Gonçalves, Morato and Gonçalo Ramos. When young people have value, they will have opportunities”.