Chelsea appeared to have a key advantage in the race to sign Fernandez in the winter transfer window with Graham Potter looking to bolster his midfield for the second half of 2022/23.
However, as talks between Benfica and Chelsea continued to stall, the Portuguese giants have now pulled the plug on negotiations.
Roger Schmidt opted to omit him from the side, for their 1-0 league win over Portimonense, due to the distraction of the speculation, and he is confident the 21-year-old will stay in Lisbon.
“Now we restart from zero with Enzo,” he said.
“He is our player, we need him… now Enzo can focus on Benfica and football again”. pic.twitter.com/N1ofy2W8te
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 6, 2023
“He will be back in today, and we will count on him – he’s our player, we need Enzo.”