The father of Benfica playmaker Goncalo Guedes has told his son to remain at the Portuguese club for the time being so he can develop further as a player. He does however envisage the forward leaving “when the right time comes.”
Guedes has been scouted on numerous occasions by Arsenal in recent months according to the Portuguese press, and talking to TSF radio (quotes via Abola), Rogerio Guedes says he wants Goncalo to keep his feet on the ground and work hard to improve his game:
‘I have full confidence in the direction of Benfica. When the right time comes, he will leave. But it’s not something on his horizon right now. If it has to happen, let it be better for him and the club. He turned 20 recently, has a lot to learn and I believe that those responsible are aware of his situation.
‘You must continue to work and think day to day to get as far as possible. He should not be a star before he is. You have to continue to be humble and hard-working and you will see what happens in the future.’
The 20-year-old has been in excellent form this season, and in 27 games he has scored seven goals and provided nine assists. French club Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with Guedes but, unlike the Gunners, it is believed they haven’t been sending scouts regularly in recent matches to keep an eye on his progress.
Guedes usually plays behind the striker, and would play in a similar role to Mesut Ozil. It is likely that Arsenal scouts are keeping on eye on the Portuguese starlet if the German opts against signing a new contract at the Emirates.