February 25, 2024

Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Goncalo Guedes has expressed his desire to extend his stay with Benfica, the renowned Portuguese football club.

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Goncalo Guedes and Brighton and Hove Albion's Moises Caicedo

Guedes returned to Benfica on loan during the summer after a previous stint at the club was marred by injury issues. The 26-year-old forward, who began his career at Benfica, encountered a knee injury while playing in his homeland. Following his recovery, it was decided that rejoining Benfica for the 2023/24 season was the best move for him.

After regaining his fitness, Guedes managed to secure some playing time before the international break and is now aiming for a regular spot in the starting lineup. In a video released by Mais Futebol, Guedes discussed his journey back to Benfica and expressed his contentment with being back at the club where he made his professional debut in 2014. He stated, “I had this idea. I had discussions with the people in charge, and it seemed possible. Negotiations went smoothly, and I was very happy because playing for Benfica feels like being at home. I’ve spent my entire life here, and I hope, if possible, to stay here for a longer duration.”

The duration of Guedes’ stay in Lisbon will depend on his performance in Portugal. From Wolverhampton’s perspective, they hope that Guedes shines and becomes an attractive prospect for multiple clubs, not just Benfica.

Since his £27.5 million transfer from Valencia to Wolves in the summer of 2022, Guedes has made only 18 appearances and scored two goals for the club.

As for Gary O’Neil’s team, they will be in action on Saturday as they travel to face Bournemouth in the Premier League, Guedes’ former club.

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