Paulo Bernardo Celtic transfer waiting game as midfielder seeks Benfica resolution

Paulo Bernardo has returned to Benfica for pre-season training. But if the midfielder had it his way, he'd be back at Lennoxtown.

The Portugal Under-21 starlet is keen on a return to Parkhead this summer after a successful season-long loan stint in Glasgow. Celtic had an option-to-buy in his loan deal worth around £6million, but the Scottish champions believe a lower fee can be negotiated.

Although Bernardo wasn't a regular last term, the playmaker was an important squad player and stepped up with some crucial moments for Brendan Rodgers' side - scoring against Rangers and providing the assist for Adam Idah's Scottish Cup-winning moment.

Bernardo was also trusted in the Champions League and Rodgers believes there's room for the youngster to develop. Eagles boss Roger Schmidt has made it clear that he doesn't see Bernardo as part of his long-term plans and the Portuguese giants are willing to do business.

But the 22-year-old's future is currently in limbo with an agreement yet to be struck between both clubs. Bernardo has been put through his paces at the Benfica Campus this week after a well-earned break but as Record Portugal reports, the talented midfielder has been forced to play the waiting game as talks continue over where he'll be playing his football this season.