Benfica boss claims he can’t sign Manchester United player who wants to play for his club

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Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic joined Chelsea from Benfica before eventually sealing a move to Manchester United.

The Serbian has been an important player for United since he joined the club, however, he has had limited playing time this season, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has preferred Fred and Scott McTominay to the 32-year-old.

Matic’s contract with Manchester United will expire in 2023, and there has been talk that the Serbian could leave in the summer — and he has one place in mind — Benfica.

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“I still don’t think about finishing my career. Let’s see,” he had told Sport TV.

“For me, Benfica was always in the heart. Let’s see what the future will bring.

“If Benfica ever thinks they need me again, let’s think about it, but now I’m very happy at United, I don’t think about leaving, but in football you never know.

“If one day I return to Portugal, the only team I wanted to play for in Portugal is Benfica.

“I was very happy there. Benfica is one of the best clubs in the world. I was very happy there in the team, with the fans and with everyone in the club.

“Whenever I have time, I like to go to Lisbon. My family also likes it a lot and misses everyone from Lisbon.”

Jorge Jesus, who was Matic’s manager at Benfica, rejoined the club last year after spells with Sporting Lisbon, Flamengo and Al-Hilal.

And while Jesus may want Matic back, he’s not too keen on his wages.

Portuguese clubs have been hit hard by the Covid pandemic and do not have the financial power to pay massive wages at this time.

According to A Bola via Sport Witness, Jesus believes it would take Matic dropping his wage demands considerably if he’d want to rejoin the club.