Benfica support overwhelmingly show opposition to Jota Celtic sale in Portuguese newspaper

By David Walton

January 4, 2022

The Benfica supporters have taken to Portuguese newspaper A Bola to make their stance clear on selling Jota to Celtic.

A Bola reported yesterday that Celtic and Benfica were advancing on talks regarding the loan star’s future. Jota is currently on loan at Celtic Park until the end of the season, and has wowed supporters with 8 goals and 6 assists respectively [Transfermarkt].

Over the course of the first half of the season, many Benfica supporters were keeping a watchful eye on the player. Many have shown themselves to have been impressed with what their young talent has shown at Celtic Park.

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And in the clearest sign yet of their interest in keeping him, a poll from A Bola has reflected their views. The final result saw over 72% of Benfica fans vote to assert their belief that the player needs to stay in Lisbon next season. Only just under 28% believe it would be a wise option to let him go.

Jota has been out of action since December 2nd after picking up an injury against Hearts. Celtic fans are hoping he’ll be back after the winter break.

Benfica, meanwhile, have recently sacked manager Jorge Jesus. It remains to be seen if the new boss, yet to be appointed, demands Jota back.

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Benfica selling Jota to Celtic looks like it would anger supporters

There’s just something about this one that feels as though it will be trickier to pull off than it currently seems. That it’s still got some way to go before a solution is reached.

Benfica are currently 3rd in the Portuguese Primeira Liga and look way off the pace in the title-race. Come the summer, they’ll be looking at ways to rebuild in whatever new era they step into. In other words, it’s the perfect time for Jota to head back and look to make an impression.

It’s bemusing to me as to why Benfica would sanction the sale of a player so talented. One that’s clearly got the backing of many of their supporters to make an impact next season. Surely, it would make sense for them to bring him back and allow the new manager to take a close look at him.

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Not only that, but how will Jota feel himself about everything that’s going on? If there’s a sniff of him getting an opportunity with his boyhood heroes, that’s a difficult prospect to turn down.

It’s all up in the air at the moment. Reports of us advancing our move for the Portuguese youngster is promising. But it should all be taken with a pinch of salt until the announcement is officially made. There are far too many reasons this deal could go south for us to be too excited just yet.

Hopefully, come the summer, we’re looking at a long-term future that Jota is central to. At the moment, however, it’s clear Benfica fans want him back.

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