Premiership target linked with Benfica
By Francisco Acedo & Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 24-year-old Celta Vigo full back is desperate for regular first-team action, and has been tempted by the prospect of a reunion with former national team boss Jose Camacho who has recently taken charge at the Lisbon-based club.
"I would be very happy to work with Camacho again, because he is a coach who taught me a lot, and I could keep learning from him," said the former Valencia star.
"I'm very proud and happy that Camacho, after being my manager at the World Cup, is still thinking of me.
"It would be a good move for me because they (Benfica) are a big team, and they have an important manager."
However Juanfran was quick to add he would be happy to remain at the Balaidos should the club decide they did not want to part with him.
"I have two years left on my contract at Celta, thus I don't really have anything to say on my departure, because it is the club's decision."
Celta's sporting director, Felix Carnero, admitted there had yet to be any contact from the Portuguese club regarding Juanfran, and stated categorically that the defender would only leave the Galician outfit if a permanent deal was put on the table.
"I have not been contacted by anyone, and a loan deal would not be possible," said Carnero.
"Without doubt, whoever wants to take Juanfran from us would have to make a very good offer because we've had offers from England to buy him, and one to loan him and we did not accept them.
"I won't talk hypothetically, if there is contact from Benfica I will study it and we will see.
"But it will be very difficult because he (Juanfran) is a very important player for us"