A BOLA – João Mário’s future under analysis (Benfica)

João Mário still has a long contract with Reds until the summer of 2026, and according to data collected by A BOLA, the Portuguese international midfielder wants to continue in Benfica next season; but it is not certain that this will happen.

João Mário, who was hired from Inter Milan earlier this season after playing a competitor in Sporting in the 2020/2021 season, has lost ground very clearly since Nélson Veríssimo took over the team at the end of December 2020. Last year, replacing Jorge Jesus in the lead.

João Mário ‘s last hint was below expectations – after an absence due to injury, the creative midfielder only started against Belenenses SAD on match day 29 (he made 90’) and started 27 minutes against Estoril and 45 minutes against SC Braga, 4. ‘Against Liverpool in Luz, 24’ in the England challenge and 4 ‘in the final round of the league, in the derby against Sporting. So very little.

Especially for the player from whom Benfica fans expected a lot and who is one of the best paid on the team. João Mário is forcing the SAD to make an annual effort of more than € 5 million gross, which may be surpassed only by German defensive midfielder Julian Weigl. At a time when the idea of ​​Benfica, which Rui Costa has publicly embraced, is to reduce payroll, it is natural for João Mário’s continuity to be reconsidered by weighing the age of the player, what he deserves and what he deserves. or could pay itself back.

The decision is always and mainly made by Roger Schmidt, the coach of the Dutch PSV, who is already committed to Benfica for the new season.

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