Recently, former Benfica captain and Greek international Kostas Katsouranis gave an interview to Portugal’s Desporto ao Minuto imploring the club to provide samaris with the deal he wants to keep him.
“Samaris loves Benfica and deserves to have a good contract. He has already proven that he deserves it with his performances on the pitch.”
“In my opinion, Samaris is one of the most important players in the current Benfica squad. It’s just my opinion. “
“He has spent several years at the club and knows the ambition of the fans.” “The renewal should have been resolved a long time ago, in my opinion.”
“I do not know what’s going to happen at the end of the season. It is not crazy.” “I know he wants to stay, but he wants to stay and be happy.”
“He is 30 years old and deserves to have a good contract, which is normal for a footballer.”
“This coach [Bruno Lage] has already shown everyone that he wants to have Samaris in the squad by playing him on a regular basis”, he added.
“I think Benfica should keep Samaris and he should choose what is best for him.”
That seems to be an odd set of comments coming from Katsouranis.
There is a long-standing delay between Benfica and Samaris on a new deal ever since Newcastle tried to sign him in late January when the Lisbon club decided to want to keep him and give him a new contract.
Maybe Newcastle shouldn’t get involved at all in this since we would only slow things down even more – given our less than agile history in the transfer market.
Since Samaris joined Benfica in 2014 from Olympiacos, he has made 160 appearances for the Lisbon club with 5 goals and 9 assists, and Rafa has been after him for a while now.
According to the Portuguese Record, Russian Premier League club, Dynamo Moscow are ready to move for the player’s signature if his current deal does expire.
It would be expected that a player of Samaris’ stature would have many suitors on a free transfer.
But with him turning 30 next month, it’s hard to determine if he is a realistic target for the frugal Newcastle hierarchy.