Benfica coach Jorge Jesus SLAMS ‘ungrateful’ Bernardo Silva for urging his former club to elect new president as he claims the Manchester City star ‘messed with me for many years’
- Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus has hit out at Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva
- The Portuguese star told his old side to be ‘ambitious’ and elect new president
- Jesus said the 26-year-old was being ‘ungrateful’ to chief Luis Filipe Vieira
Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus has launched a stinging attack on Bernardo Silva after the Manchester City winger urged the club to elect a new president.
This week Silva posted a lengthy statement on his Twitter account calling for change at his boyhood club, saying that while he respected current chief Luis Filipe Vieira – who has been in charge since 2003 – the Portuguese outfit need to show more ambition and have become too complacent of late.
But his words provoked an angry retort from Jesus, who gave Silva his debut in the 2013-14 season. He hit out at the Portugal international for being ‘ungrateful’ to ‘the president who helped him grow’.
Man City star Bernardo Silva has been slammed after calling for a new president at Benfica
Benfica boss Jorge Jesus said he had been ‘ungrateful’ to club president Luis Filipe Vieira
‘For many years I never wanted to talk about Bernardo Silva, because he also messed with me for many years. It’s okay with me,’ he told the media, as reported by Goal.
‘Now with the club president who helped him grow, who continues to provide great conditions for young people to go out to better clubs, as is the case with him. It is very ungrateful.
‘There are many defects that a man can have, but the worst thing is to be ungrateful. You can have a different idea, but you can’t be ungrateful.
Silva joined the club as a youngster in 2002 but only played three games for the senior side before joining Monaco in 2014 – where he began to make a name for himself. Jesus revealed personal issues between the pair after he started demanding more game time.
Jesus said Vieira (L) had ‘helped him grow’ as a player as he made his debut for Benfica
‘I was the one who added Bernardo Silva to the team. We went on tour several games and when we arrived in Portugal, he asked me: “Mister, what are your ideas about me? I want to know if I will play”.
‘I said: “If you play, what do you mean? Explain it to me… Nico [Gaitan] comes out and you play? Does Salvio come out and you play? What do you want me to do?”
‘Silva said: “I have a contract to leave, I’m going to earn 20 times more, and I need to help my family. I need the coach to let me out”.
‘”Then talk to the president, it’s not me”, I replied. If he’s listening to me, let him say that this is the truth, it wasn’t because I put him on the left side.
Silva only played three games for Benfica and Jesus claimed he ‘messed with me for years’
‘After all these years I’m telling you because he was ungrateful to the president of Benfica. I didn’t know how to make up for what Benfica and what the president did for him.’
Silva has gone on to forge a successful career since leaving Benfica, playing 147 times for Monaco and sparking interest from Manchester City after his vital role in helping the French side reach the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions League.
He has made more than 150 outings for the Sky Blues since his £43.5million move to the Etihad, helping the club win two Premier League crowns, three Carabao Cup trophies and one FA Cup.