Tottenham Hotspur manager José Mourinho has admitted that Gedson Fernandes may leave the club in the January transfer window.

Loaned by Benfica until the end of the season, the midfielder only has one appearance for Spurs this season, used in an EFL Cup match against Chelsea.

His lack of minutes has been encouraging some comments in Portugal, as the Eagles would apparently be happy to have him for the rest of the season.

So as José Mourinho spoke to Sportv on Thursday night, he was asked about the player’s future, and agreed that he may authorise the 21-year-old’s return to Lisbon.

“I understand the situation of the kid and Benfica’s,” José Mourinho told SporTV (via A Bola).

“If the club wants to end the relationship, we’ll be here to collaborate because we want the good of the player. Benfica have the power to decide and it will be accepted by us.”

Still, the manager said he’s not the one sending Gedson back: “I will never be the one to push him or say that I don’t want him here, because I do.”

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Gedson Fernandes joined Tottenham Hotspur back in January, and managed to make 12 appearances in the final part of last season, despite being used for only a few minutes in each of his games.

It seemed like he’d be getting more chances this season, but José Mourinho now makes it clear he won’t stand in the youngster’s way if he wants to return to Portugal when the window opens.