Benfica coach Jorge Jesus insists that Nuno Gomes has a future at the club despite being linked with a move away from the Stadium of Light in January.
The striker has reportedly interested West Ham and Bolton while a loan switch to Livorno and Panathinaikos has also been mooted.
The 33-year-old has had to impress from the bench this term with Javier Saviola and Oscar Cardozo striking up a prominent partnership up front for the Portuguese side.
Gomes was thought to be hankering after a move in order to keep alive hopes of making the Portugal squad for the World Cup but Jesus admits the frontman is still very much in his thoughts.
"The captain is in my plans," he said.
"There could be more decisive and key moments of this long season for us."