William Carvalho blasted as 'disgusting' if he seals rumoured Benfica transfer by ex-chief of Sporting Lisbon
FORMER Sporting Lisbon ace William Carvalho has been warned against making a 'disgusting' transfer to bitter rivals Benfica.
The Real Betis midfielder has been linked with a return to the Portuguese capital after an injury-plagued couple of seasons.
Carvalho, who made 193 appearances for Sporting after graduating from their academy, is wanted by former boss Jorge Jesus at Lisbon rivals Benfica.
And former Sporting administrator Miguel Cal is fuming at the mere prospect of Carvalho joining Benfica.
Cal told NoticiasAoMinuto: "He did his training at Sporting. Sporting opened all the doors for him. It came out as it came out.
"After he left, he told me that he loved Sporting and its fans and that he never wanted to harm him. So Betis still paid for his departure.
"At the first opportunity, will you return to Benfica? Is this from someone who loves Sporting and its fans? With so many clubs to play in.
“Regardless. It is a tremendous disappointment that he considers this option.
"I spoke to him once, where he made beautiful words about our club.
"If you agree to go to Benfica, it is disgusting for a man."
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Carvalho left Sporting for Betis in the wake of players and staff being attacked at the club's training ground in May 2018.
The Portugal international has two-and-a-half years left to run on his contract.
Despite the transfer speculation, Betis boss Manuel Pellegrini is convinced Carvalho will not be leaving.
Former Manchester City and West Ham gaffer Pellegrini said: “William has been recovering from the muscle injury that had kept him out for almost three weeks.
"I see him as absolutely committed and focused on the team. I don’t see that he any intention or desire to go.
"Many time when players see a potential move they try to pressure to make it happen, but William is very happy here. He’s an important player for us and we will see what his future holds, but he’s absolutely focused on what he has to do for the team."
Sporting – hunting their first Primeira Liga title since 2002 – were held to a 1-1 draw by Rio Ave last night.
But they remain four points clear at the top of the table after Porto and Benfica played out a 1-1 draw in O Classico.
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