Manchester United defender Alex Telles has completely ruled out the chances of a move to Benfica this summer, although an overall exit from the club could still be on the cards.
Reports from Portugal claim that the Portuguese giants are keen on landing the United star, despite the fact that he spent several seasons playing for their bitter rivals Porto.
And it appears that Telles has taken the matter into his own hands by putting the whole idea to bed.
The Red Devils full-back was speaking in an interview with the Denilson Show as he explained why he could not play for Porto’s deadly rivals.
It all started with Telles speaking about his family and revealing that his father is an Internacional fan, despite him playing for city rivals Gremio in his early years.
Denilson pointed out that his dad is a Santos fan, and he could never give him the ‘present’ of playing for the club – something he now regrets.
Telles, however, believes he could never join Internacional because of his past at Gremio, similar to his stay at Porto and those links to Benfica.
He said: “I have an opinion about this. Going back to that subject I told you about leaving a legacy at the club. When you play for a club and leave a legacy, leave a good image, fought so hard to play and leave a good image… I, Alex, would not play for the rival, for example. Because, for example, I made history at Porto, everyone likes me there. There’s no way to play for Benfica, you know?”
Telles still set for United exit
Telles’ current contract with United runs until 2024 but he is expected to be on the move again this summer.
The defender spent last season on loan at Sevilla, but the Spanish club decided against taking up the option to buy him.
As for Benfica, they’ve since denied rumours of a move for Telles, with the player’s Porto links almost certain to have played a part.