José Fonte was in a pleasant chat with Sérgio Conceição and his assistant Dembelé in the moments leading up to the meeting between FC Porto and Lille. The central defender let it be understood that the FC Porto coach is interested in the Mozambican, to whom he praises profusely, but is absolutely ignorant of negotiations between the two clubs.
“Reinildo was the best left-back in France last season, I hope he stays with me, we want the best to stay. He has a lot of quality, he’s very good at defending. Reinildo fits into any team. A good player fits anywhere. I want him to stay with me because I want the best players with me», he said, revealing that he had had with Sérgio Conceição «a normal conversation, as it is normal to appreciate Reinildo’s qualities». “Reinildo has a contract, he is a Lille player and these are things between clubs, which do not concern us and it is up to us to stay focused on our work, which is on the pitch. Of the rest, the presidents of the clubs will speak», he adds.
José Fonte also spoke about the value of FC Porto and Benfica, Lille’s opponents in this pre-season. “Two good teams, good players, well organised, good coaches, two great teams of great level, which pose problems for any team in the world. It will be an interesting fight in the Portuguese championship», he says.