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 many former teammates and plans to get a Portuguese passport quickly, as his youngsters have been born in Lisbon.
In a unique train than traditional, the newspaper Zurnal pitted Fejsa in opposition to the 5 gamers in every place with whom he spent essentially the most time on the pitch. Among the 386 footballers on the planet, Benfica has many.
On aim, two huge names. ‘Ederson is prime class, he defends brilliantly. Brazilian, playful and additionally favored to drink. We had an excellent crew. Jan Oblak is unbelievable. When I evaluate him to Ederson, I do not even know who is healthier.»
On the appropriate aspect, Andre Almeida was the participant who marked Fejsa. “Benfica participant virtually all his life. He took me in and nonetheless is. A typical Portuguese, as they are saying, the identical membership from childhood to the tip.»
The duo of Jardel and Luisao additionally deserve lots of reward from the Serbian worldwide, who is just not forgetting teenager Viktor Lindelof.
“Jardel and Luisao are two Benfica legends. They caught my consideration as quickly as I arrived in Portugal. When the captain says two or three phrases, you smile. Luisao is a real chief and Jardel was at all times by his aspect, small however tall. Lindelof Quickly confirmed world class, after a yr and a half he left», he recalled.
“Grimaldo continues to be at Benfica. It’s distinctive, Barça faculty, tiki-taka. Normal Spaniard, brief, he does not have a meter and a half, however with the ball… pace, agility, free kicks, pictures, he has all the pieces», he additionally assessed finished
Moving to the midfield, Feja revealed that the membership have been already planning to promote Nemanja Matic when he arrived at Benfica, however famous that the pairing of the 2 “made folks completely happy”.
Fejsa, 34, additionally recalls that in 2020 Luis Felipe Vieira didn’t need to let the midfielder go away Benfica for Saudi Arabia due to his significance to, for instance, Renato Sanches.
“‘How can I allow you to go? Did you promote me Renato Sanches, Lindelof and Felix?’ It raised tens of millions,” he recalls.
In addition, Renato Sanches has additionally compensated for Feja’s assist. “Mateo [n.d.r. filho] Follows Partizan, Benfica and PSG. He is proud of Mbappe and Neymar. Renato is there and I name him to congratulate Mbappé. I confirmed it to him and he melted with pleasure.”
When it involves the extremes, he additionally spoke about Diego Moreira, who performs within the Reds’ second crew, whereas confronting the title of former Benfica participant, Almami Moreira, who he performed alongside in his first spell at Partizan.
“His son is superb, he performs for Benfica, they communicate effectively of him. If he has his head, and I feel he does, will probably be good», he emphasised.
On the opposite hand, Toto Salvio was nicknamed “Bull” by Feja and for Živkovic he envisioned a future “at a stronger membership” than PAOK.
At striker degree, Jonas was the perfect he performed with.
“Mitroglu does not run, however once you give him the ball in that space, you could be completely happy. Jonas was additionally the perfect striker I performed with. Raul Jimenez, the Mexican, is completely different, a runner. I prefer it when a striker runs and helps you in protection» , he additionally recalls.