Friday August 15 2014
Benfica: Luisao staying here

Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira has rubbished reports linking veteran defender Luisao with a move to Juventus.

Speculation has been that, as a plan B to apparently difficult talks with Olympiacos for Kostas Manolas, the Bianconeri had approached the Portuguese giants with a view to signing Luisao.

However, whilst an agreement was reportedly quickly reached with the 33-year-old over a three-year contract worth €3m per season, Juve and the player were both seen as pushing Benfica to release him on a free transfer.

Seen as pushing instead for a transfer fee of €4m, the club’s President has now made clear the intention with Luisao.

“There is no negotiation between us and Juventus,” Vieira has told Portuguese television this week.

“Luisao has a three-year contract and then if Juventus want him then they must contact us.

“Luisao, in his last interview, stated that he wanted to end his career here, and this is what will happen.”

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