Ljubomir Fejsa was linked with Benfica from 2013 to 2020 and has fond recollections of his time at Luz.
The Serbian midfielder, who’s in his second season at Partizan, says he retains in contact with a lot of his former teammates and plans to get a Portuguese passport quickly, as his kids have but to be born. in Lisbon.
In a special train than ordinary, the Zurnal newspaper confronted Fejsa with 5 gamers from every place who spent essentially the most time on the pitch. In the universe of 386 gamers, many come from Benfica.
Right heading in the right direction, two large names. “Ederson is a high class, good defender. Brazilian, playful and additionally likes to drink. We have an excellent group. Jan Oblak is superb. If I examine him to Ederson, I do not know who is healthier.»
At proper again, André Almeida is a participant who marked Fejsa. «Benfica participant nearly all his life. He took me and nonetheless there. A typical Portuguese, as they are saying, has the identical membership from childhood to the top.
The duo of Jardel and Luisão additionally deserve quite a lot of reward from the Serbian worldwide, not forgetting teenager Victor Lindelof.
«Jardel and Luisão are two legends of Benfica. They caught my consideration after I arrived in Portugal. If the captain says two or three phrases, you get goosebumps. Luisão is a real chief and Jardel is all the time by his facet, youthful, but in addition taller. Lindelof rapidly confirmed world class, after one and a half years he left», he remembers.
“Grimaldo continues to be in Benfica now. It’s superb, Barça college, tiki-taka. A typical Spaniard, small, lower than a meter and a half, however on the ball… pace, agility, free kicks, photographs, he has all the things», he additionally evaluated.
Moving to the midfield, Fejsa revealed that when he arrived at Benfica, the membership was already planning to promote Nemanja Matic, however he famous that “persons are completely satisfied” with the duo shaped by the 2.
Fejsa, 34, additionally remembers that Luís Filipe Vieira, in 2020, didn’t need Benfica to depart him for Saudi Arabia due to the significance of the midfielder, for instance, for Renato Sanches.
“‘How are you able to let me go? Did you promote me Renato Sanches, Lindelof and Félix?’ It went up by tens of millions,” he recalled.
Besides, Renato Sanches paid for Fejsa’s assist. “Matthew [n.d.r. filho] adopted by Partizan, Benfica and PSG. He is pleased with Mbappé and Neymar. Renato was there and I known as him to report Mbappé congratulating Mateo. I confirmed him and he melted with pleasure.”
When it involves extras, the ex-Benfica participant, when confronted with the identify of Almami Moreira, who he performed with in his first spell at Partizan, additionally talks about Diego Moreira, who performs within the secondary group of the reds.
“His son is superb, he performs for Benfica, they are saying good issues about him. If he has his head, and I believe he has, it’s good », he emphasised.
Toto Salvio, alternatively, was nicknamed «bull» by Fejsa and for Zivkovic he sees the long run «in a stronger membership» than PAOK.
At the striker degree, Jonas is one of the best he has performed.
“Mitroglou would not run, however in case you give him the ball within the space, you will be completely satisfied. Jonas too, he is one of the best striker I’ve performed with. Raul Jiménez, Mexican, completely different, greater than a runner. I like when the striker will run and provide help to in protection», he additionally remembers.