Regret over Celtic star Jota’s permanent Parkhead switch waved away by Benfica president after frank response

BENFICA president Rui Costa has issued a stark response to questions about whether the Portuguese giants regret selling wing sensation Jota to Celtic.

The Portuguese legend was questioned about the sale of the Benfica academy product who completed a permanent return to Celtic after the Parkhead club activated their obligation to buy the winger who impressed on loan last season.


Jota has been in electric form this seasonCredit: Kenny Ramsay

And the move has paid dividends after the Portuguese sensation had an exceptional start to the season under Ange Postecoglou.

The wide man has netted four goals and as many assists in the first six games of the season as well as starring against European giants Real Madrid in their Champions League group stage opener on Tuesday.

But Costa has revealed that the Portuguese giants have no regrets about letting Celtic fulfill their obligation to buy the 23-year-old for a bargain fee.

He told BTV: “No. Jota was formed by us and went to Scotland on a loan with an option to buy.

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“He had a brilliant season and Celtic activated the option.

“We kept part of the multi-player pass. We will continue to follow the future to reap more dividends.

Jota admitted that making the switch from Lisbon to Glasgow was a tough decision to make.

Despite the tough call, he previously believed that his career would get the biggest benefit if he opted to make the permanent move to Parkhead after a stunning loan campaign in the East End of Glasgow.

He previously said: “Benfica is a really special place for me and it will always be in my heart, whatever happens.

“Coming to Scotland this week was quite a nostalgic moment for me because I’ve left home.

“It’s been fifteen years, not one year, and fifteen years is a lifetime.

“I guess it’s like Kieran Tierney going to Arsenal — everyone kept saying to me that he had left home and it’s the same for me.

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“I was on my holidays and I was thinking about what I would do next. I had to make the choice, and I chose Celtic.

“At this moment in my career this was the best step for me and I’m 100 per cent here and focused on doing the job.”

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