On Tuesday evening, it was confirmed that Greek international midfielder Andreas Samaris has extended his Benfica contract through to 2023 after his current deal was due to expire in the summer.
Initially, Samaris endured a dreadful start to the season in Portugal, as he was left on the sidelines by then Benfica head coach Rui Vitoria. However, ever since Bruno Lage replaced Vitoria at the helm in January, Samaris’ fortunes have dramatically improved.
Since the appointment of Lage, Samaris has been reinstated to the Benfica line-up, starting practically every match and giving excellent performances in the centre of midfield. As a result, Benfica and Samaris entered negotiations concerning a new contract, and it has now been confirmed that the two parties have extended their agreement through to 2023.
Benfica confirmed the development with this following statement:
“It’s official! Greek midfielder Samaris will continue wearing the eagle on his chest having renewed his contract with Sport Lisboa e Benfica until 2023.”
In an interview with the Benfica official website, Samaris shared his emotions from the contract extension: “I am happy and proud to have extended my Benfica contract. I am going to stay at home for four more years. These are my colours, this is my home. I’ve never lost my smile since joining this club, and the management wanted to extend my contract. Today is a day of happiness.”
Samaris transferred to Benfica from Olympiacos in August 2014. This season, the experienced 29-year-old has made a grand total of 26 appearances across all competitions for Benfica, contributing with two goals and two assists. Benfica are two points clear of second-placed FC Porto in the Liga NOS with one round remaining.
by Shaun Nicolaides
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