02 January 2012

[Former player] Saviola renewed his contract with Benfica until 2013

His buyout clause is 30 million euros.

Argentine forward Javier Saviola extended his contract with Benfica for another year, until 2013, said today the Lisbon club to the Comisión del Mercado de Valores (CMVM) Portuguese.

The statement said the Benfica "exercised the option that had the right to extend the employment contract that binds society sport athlete Javier Pedro Saviola Fernandez for a season more, or until June 30, 2013. "

The forward, 30, has a buyout clause of 30 million euros , and his contract was scheduled to end on June 30.

In recent months the sports media had speculated lusa the possible departure of several club players outside Portugal, including Villarreal , the Valencia and Lazio Italy, as well as other clubs in the Middle East.

The news of his departure from the club took the coach of Benfica, Jorge Jesus , to deny the rumors and the same mid-November said that the club had Saviola "for the future" .

The Argentinian international team arrived at Lisbon in summer 2009 from Real Madrid in exchange for 5 million euros , and remains a regular choice for the lead trainer.

This season has scored four goals in twelve matches in the Portuguese Liga and the two played in the Champions League. (via AS)