Nottingham Forest will not be activating the £17.5 million clause in Diogo Goncalves’ contract to make his move to the City Ground permanent, according to Portuguese outlet Record.
The silky winger found games hard to come by during his loan spell on Trentside. Under Martin O’Neill, he was introduced as a substitute just three times and failed to score a goal all season.
Forest might look to entice some of their loan players from last season back to the club in the summer. The likes of Sam Byram and Jack Colback might be pursued again in the summer, but Goncalves will not.
The 22-year-old made just ten appearances in total and only started once, on the opening day of the campaign at Bristol City.
Goncalves will return to Benfica to continue his career. Another loan spell could be on the card given a failed stint at the City Ground, but his days as a Forest player are definitely over.
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Compatriot Joao Carvalho looked to be improving with every single game he played in the Championship, but Goncalves never really looked up to the division.
The youngster was seemingly not built for the league. He would often get bundled off the ball and that seemed to knock his confidence considerably.
Not playing didn’t help him either. Carvalho was handed frequent game time and Goncalves was forced to wait patiently, of course, the gulf in quality between the two played a part in that.
The summer will be massive for O’Neill. He needs to ensure that each signing he brings into the club is the right one. Forest can ill-afford too many Goncalves situations next season and the players that do arrive need to be ready to make an impact on the league.