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Pizzi signs new deal with Benfica

Pizzi signs new deal with Benfica

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Primeira Liga champions Benfica have secured the services of Portugal international Pizzi for another four years.

Luís Miguel Afonso Fernandes 'Pizzi' has signed a new contract with Benfica that will keep him at the club until 2023. The 29-year-old joined from Atletico de Madrid in 2013 but was immediately sent out on loan to LaLiga side Espanyol. He became an immediate fixture in Benfica's midfield from the start of the 2014-15 campaign, however, and has helped them to the Primeira Liga title in four of the past five seasons.

Pizzi, who is in Portugal's squad for the Nations League Finals next week, told the club's official website: "All my seasons here have been special. I feel a special connection with the fans and all the people at the club. I am very proud to be part of this club and to continue as part of the family."

League champions

He scored 13 goals last season as Benfica beat Sporting Clube de Portgual to the title by two points.