Benfica rule out January sales

Portuguese giants reluctant to part with Luiz and Coentrao

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Portuguese giants Benfica have no intention of selling David Luiz and Fabio Coentrao in January.

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Reports suggest the pair are attracting interest from the Premier League, with Manchester City and Chelsea said to be keen.

Coentrao is a Portugal international capable of operating anywhere on the left flank, while Brazil star Luiz is a versatile defender who is equally as comfortable at left-back as he is at centre-half.

Benfica are aware of the speculation linking the duo with big-money moves but, while they admit any offers will be mulled over, they claim they have no plans to do business.


"It would only be right to study any offers placed in the market but, from a sporting perspective, Benfica is not interested in selling," said a club spokesman.

Both players have release clauses in their contracts, but it would take a sizeable offer to trigger a move.

For now Benfica insist 'there have not been any concrete offers' and they would prefer for that to remain the case.

Coach Jorge Jesus recently met with the board to seek assurances that no-one would be sold in January, and he is reported to be pleased with the response he got.