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Benfica star speaks out about Arsenal interest

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Benfica goalkeeper Ederson has responded to speculation linking him with a move away from the Estadio da Luz. Barcelona, Real Madird and Arsenal have all reportedly been scouting the Brazilian this season.

In an interview with the O Jogo newspaper in Portugal, the 23 year old was asked whether he was interested in moving to a big European club. He replied:

“Not especially. [The interest] is the fruits of my labour, but I’m calm and focused on Benfica.”

Ederson has spent all of his professional career in Portugal after moving to Benfica at 16 years of age. He moved clubs for first team football in 2011 playing for Ribeirao and second division side Rio Aves, before returning to Lisbon for a second spell at Benfica in 2015.

He started the season on the bench as veteran former Inter Milan and QPR keeper Julio Cesar began the campaign in goal, but since starting against Chaves in a league match back in September, he has established himself as the number one.

In 26 matches this campaign, Ederson has kept 16 clean sheets, conceding just 18 goals.

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