TOTTENHAM is said to be on the verge of tearing up Gedson Fernandes’ loan deal.
Fernandes, 21, joined Spurs on an 18-month deal last January, but will return to Portugal next month after failing to shine.
Jose Mourinho’s first signing as a Tottenham blunder has been limited to one game this quarter – a 63-minute appearance in the September EFL Cup clash against Chelsea.
He has since not appeared in any of Mourinho’s squads on match day.
According to Portuguese publication A Bola, Tottenham and Benfica have agreed to terminate the loan deal in recent days.
Spurs had the option to buy Fernandes for £ 46million, but his inability to score the first team meant that was likely never accepted.
The two-cap Portugal international has only managed two starts in all competitions after his transfer last season.
And Fernandes was left out of Tottenham’s 25-man Europa League squad this quarter, which Mourinho said “has been very bad for him”.
He said: “If he stays at the club from January I can’t answer you. I really believe we have to respect the player and Benfica.
“The player because he deserves our respect and Benfica because as a friendly club he deserves our respect.
“So what they decide is fundamental and what they decide will prevail.
“The situation is sad because he was off the Europa League list and being off that list immediately reduced a chance of nine matches that we have already played in the Europa League, where we had five substitutions where we turned the players around a lot and we can bring 12 players to the bench. “
Benfica boss Jorge Jesus believes Fernandes was reckless to move to north London.
Jesus said: “As for Gedson, I don’t know him very well because he never worked with me.
“Now all these youngsters that Benfica has, if they don’t play in these teams, you better be at Benfica. In my opinion, they learn a lot more (if they stay).
“If they don’t play for these teams, they might as well be at Benfica. They learn a lot more. Florentino (Luis) is gone, he doesn’t play [in Monaco], Jota does not play [in Real Valladolid], Tomas Tavares does not play [Alaves].
“If you’re not going to play, you better be here.”
Fernandes could return to north London in February with Benfica, who will face Arsenal in the 32 round of the Europa League.