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CADETE DEAL IS NOT ON; Benfica snub for Celts star.

Jorge Cadete is heading back to Celtic with a stinging message from Benfica supremo Eusebio ringing in his ears: We didn't want you.

The Hoops hitman slapped in a transfer request in the wake of his war with the club over a wage rise and he'd prayed for a return to Portugal.

Cadete cracked home 33 goals for Celts last season but the legendary Eusebio insists a move to Benfica was NEVER on unless it was part of a swap deal.

As agent Paolo Barbosa sought conciliation talks with Celtic chief Fergus McCann, Eusebio said: "We wouldn't spend pounds 4million on ANY Portuguese player and besides Cadete isn't that highly rated here.

"It is well known over here that Jorge caused a lot of problems when he was at Sporting Lisbon and now at Celtic.

"And there are many better strikers in our country."

Benfica's real intention just now is to win a pounds 6.5million battle with Brazilian club Gremio for one-time Rangers target Paolo Nunes.

And Eusebio, the man they called the Black Pearl, said: We have bought most of our players for next season, including Scott Minto from Chelsea.

"Our situation with strikers is clear too. We like Nunes and we have another Brazilian Valdir on loan who we'd like to keep."

Cadete, who earns pounds 4,600-a-week at Parkhead, is desperate to improve his current deal to match that of pounds 12,000- a-week sidekick Paolo di Canio.

And now he'll be back at the negotiating table with McCann after his last option of a move to Leeds was closed off by George Graham's pounds 2million swoop for Boavista's Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Meanwhile, di Canio - who was fined pounds 25,000 and banned for two weeks amid a cash row with McCann - is also ready for fresh talks with the Celts supremo.

But it's understood that if he FAILS to reach the deal he wants, he will have the option of joining former boss Tommy Burns and Kenny Dalglish at Newcastle.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 15, 1997
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