Portugal forward Gonçalo Guedes has re-signed for Benfica in a loan deal from English club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 “I can’t describe the happiness I’m feeling,” said the 26-year-old upon his return to the Portuguese capital. 

A product of Benifca’s Seixal youth academy, Guedes left Lisbon six years ago having been sold to PSG in a €30 million deal on the back of a series of scintillating performances for the Eagles.

Unable to make his mark in Paris, Guedes moved to Valencia, initially on loan, then on a permanent contract.

It was at the Spanish club where he produced much of his best football, albeit hindered by regular injury setbacks.

The 2022/23 season saw a new start for Guedes at Wolves in the English Premier League, but he never got going at the English club playing a total of 18 games (12 as a starter), scoring two goals and producing a single assist.

He was not selected in Portugal’s World Cup squad, and he fell further down the pecking upon the arrival at the Molineux Stadium of new coach Julen Lopetegui. 


The story of Gonçalo Guedes: Portugal’s new Ronaldo?


Guedes will now attempt to kickstart his career at the club where he first made his name.

“I’m enormously happy to come back home, to the place where I grew up. I can’t describe the happiness I’m feeling,” he told Benfica’s in-house TV channel, BTV.

“Being able to come back to the club where it all began, where I did all my youth training, being able to be with my family and friends… it’s a unique feeling and I want to make the most of this moment.”

“My ambition is to help the team. I’ll be giving my all and will try to adapt as quickly as possible to help the team to the maximum achieve its goals.”

The signing comes on the back of Benfica having already boosted their squad this January transfer window with the captures of highly rated Norwegian winger Andreas Schjelderup and Danish forward Casper Tengstedt.

By Tom Kundert

 

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Does anyone know if he can play in the CL?

That would be a BOON for Benfica having him either as a starter or as a sub.

Martim/Lisboa
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He can.

Santos
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Fantastic! I've always been a fan of Guedes, a very dynamic player who makes things happen in matches. It was a huge blunder from Santos not bringing him to Qatar, how useful might his speed, shooting ability and dynamic play have been against...

Fantastic! I've always been a fan of Guedes, a very dynamic player who makes things happen in matches. It was a huge blunder from Santos not bringing him to Qatar, how useful might his speed, shooting ability and dynamic play have been against Morocco in that match, for example?

He's another player who I feel left Benfica too early, just like Renato, Felix and others...and they all should have stayed a little longer at the club to continue their development. So it's great to have him back at the club, even if it's just for 6 months until the summer. Guedes' flexibility in attack will be very useful to the team, as he can play on either wing or as a second forward supporting the centre forward. A potential attacking quartet of Guedes, Neres, Rafa and Ramos is very exciting and potentially devastating!

Good moves by the club in general in this January window so far, with the two Nordic attackers also looking like exciting transfers, and therefore the squad and particularly the bench looking quite a lot stronger now!

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Andre/UK
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Sure Benfica fans may be happy for this, but this is not a good look for Guedes. If he cannot succeed in Wolves of all place which are really struggling this season (which should mean if he is that talented it should be easy for him to secure a...

Sure Benfica fans may be happy for this, but this is not a good look for Guedes. If he cannot succeed in Wolves of all place which are really struggling this season (which should mean if he is that talented it should be easy for him to secure a starting place) then that isn't a good reflection on him as a so called top talent.

Whether it is him not being motivated there or the coach just not seeing value in him, we will see. Benfica is a good club but at his age 26 he should be established already in a top four European league.

To me Guedes seems like an average talent.

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Eddie
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I tend to agree with you. Guedes has always had a lot of hype, and almost never delivers, aside from the winner for the Nation's League.

Chris
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Is anyone else succeeding at Wolves? Neves, Podence, Semedo have had their moments, but similarly aren't hitting the heights some predicted for them. Neto looked good pre injury. It's almost like abandoning a serious sporting project in favour of...

Is anyone else succeeding at Wolves? Neves, Podence, Semedo have had their moments, but similarly aren't hitting the heights some predicted for them. Neto looked good pre injury. It's almost like abandoning a serious sporting project in favour of just taking any player available from the Mendes catalogue isn't the best way to run a football club.

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