Transfer: We played good football without him – Benfica coach slams Enzo Fernandez

Benfica manager, Roger Schmidt, has hit out at Enzo Fernandez over his British record move to Chelsea.

The 22-year-old has signed for the Blues in a sensational £107 million deal.

Fernandez has put pen to paper on an eight-and-a-half-year deal until June 2031.

Schmidt left Fernandez out of their squad to face Arouca on Tuesday, a game which they went on to win 3-0.

The World Cup winner had also missed training on Monday.

Speaking after the game, Schmidt said: “It’s always difficult to lose a good player in the winter market.

“But today we showed that we are a good team without him, that we are capable of playing good football without him, that the players are focused on getting the most points, to be champions.

“Benfica is much bigger than a player.

“We had a player who wanted to leave and a club willing to pay the clause, we couldn’t do anything. We accepted and looked into it.”

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