Benfica and Schmidt were according to picture been talking about employment since the winter break. The German trainer informed PSV in February that he would not extend his contract after this season, which expires.
To date, Schmidt has not yet wanted to respond to messages from Portugal and Germany about his upcoming employment at Benfica. The German referred to the battle on three fronts that he is conducting with PSV and which demands his full attention. Schmidt competes with PSV for the Conference League, in which the first quarterfinal match against Leicester City will be played tonight, the KNVB Cup, in which the final against Ajax is scheduled next week, and the competition, in which PSV has been up against a deficit of four points on leader Ajax.
Schmidt is in his second season with PSV and previously coached SC Preussen Münster, SC Paderborn 07, Red Bull Salzburg, Bayer Leverkusen and the Chinese Beijing Guoan. With Salzburg he became champion of Austria and won the Austrian Cup, with Beijing Guoan he won the Chinese Cup and with PSV the Johan Cruijff Scale.