Portuguese media claim Jorge Jesus is close to agreeing Benfica contract
Recent reports have circulated over the past few months regarding the Portuguese giants’ interest in the 65-year-old manager. Nothing concrete has been reported lately but it has so far been claimed that Jorge Jesus has no intention of leaving Flamengo.
One of the most recent news over the transfer saga came from Brazilian outlet Globoesporte last week. A report from the website claimed that Jorge Jesus and Flamengo president Rodolfo Landim had dinner last Thursday and the coached reassured him of his intention to stay at the club despite interest from Benfica.
However, Portuguese outlet BOLA have dismissed the reports as false and claim no such dinner took place. They maintain that there has been no conversations between Jorge Jesus and the Flamengo hierarchy regarding any interest from Benfica.
Further reports from BOLA claim that Benfica president, Luís Filipe Vieira, and Jorge Jesus remain intact both directly and through intermediaries. It’ also important to note that Jesus’ lawyer is currently in Rio de Janeiro to discuss terms that could see him return to Benfica five years after he left the club. In fact, there are indications from the Benfica camp that they are optimistic over a potential deal being agreed.
In Brazil, the UOL website reported yesterday that Jesus’ deputies, all Portuguese, who were renewing the rental of the houses where they are have stopped all activities. The reason for this is due to the uncertainty about the coach’s future and the drag of his deputies.
Nothing is conclude yet but it’ll appear that Benfica already have a long-term contract for four years on ground for Jorge Jesus during which the coach could earn a total of around €8million. For now, the 65-year-old is still focused on his duty as Flamengo manager.