For the past two months, claims coming out of Portugal have stated Manchester United are following Benfica’s João Neves closely.

Last week, Record reported the 19-year-old has convinced the Red Devils that they should make a move for him. It was also stated the Eagles aren’t in a rush to sell the player who has a €100m release clause.

Portugal have qualified for next summer’s Euros, after sealing a 2-0 win over Iceland on Sunday. Prior to the clash, A Bola had a chat with Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.

The Red Devils star was also asked about the recent reports linking Neves with a move to Old Trafford. When responding to that, the Portugal international only had kind words to say about his compatriot.

“He’s already playing alongside me in the national team, where only the best get in. He has a lot of quality, a huge margin for progression, and he is a humble and hardworking kid,” he said about Neves.

“He likes to learn, beyond what he already knows, which is a lot. He has an incredible reading of the game for his age.”

Last week, Record stated the Premier League side watched Neves in action in Benfica’s 2-1 win over Sporting, where he got his name on the scoresheet.

The outlet also pointed out the Manchester United captain had accompanied Neves to the national team camp last week, and this indicates Fernandes seems to have already taken the Benfica star under his wing.

Neves has made 18 appearances this season, managing a goal and an assist in the process.