Heerenveen playmaker Filip Djuricic to join Benfica

SC Heerenveen have confirmed a rumour that had been doing the rounds for a while: their Serbian playmaker Filip Djuricic will join Portuguese giants Benfica in the summer. Djuricic only had one year left on his contract. Technical director Johan Hansma told the club website that it’s a ‘fantastic’ transfer for both club and player:

“It’s a good advertisement for Heerenveen to see him move to such a big European club. Of course, as football fans we at the club are sad that he is going because he has given us many great moments but Filip is ready for to take the next step in his career. We are happy to give him this move.”

Filip Djuricic, who will join Benfica from Heerenveen this summer.

Filip Djuricic, who will join Benfica from Heerenveen this summer.

The 21-year old star, one of many to have been given the moniker The Balkan Cruijff,  joined Heerenveen in 2009 and made his debut in February 2010 against RKC Waalwijk. He made an instant impact, assisting Gerald Sibon for the opener as they went on to win the game 1-2.

In total, Djuricic has made 98 league appearances and scored 20 goals. He has been instrumental both last term and this, being the creative fulcrum of Heerenveen playing just off the striker. His silky and elegant way of playing will be missed by the Eredivisie faithful. As yet there is no word on either the transfer fee or the length of the contract Djuricic will sign in Lisbon but for the time being, he will be looking to secure his outgoing club a place in the Europa League play-offs.

Benfica are currently unbeaten in the league this season and are unsurprisingly atop the league in Portugal with a four point lead over FC Porto. Last night they knocked Fenerbahçe out of the Europa League semi-finals to secure a place in the final against Chelsea.

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