Jonas has put pen-to-paper on a new contract with Benfica. The 32-year old forward had been committed to the Eagles until summer 2018, but he has now agreed a one-year contract extension, which will keep him at the club beyond his 35th birthday. He is now rumoured to be the highest paid player in the squad.
The Brazilian marksman has been instrumental to Benfica's success since arriving on a free transfer in September 2014, following his release by Valencia. Just one game short of his 100th appearance, he has already netted an incredible 76 times, averaging a goal every 101 minutes across all competitions. He was the Primeira Liga's player of the season in both 2014/15 and 2015/16, and finished as the league's top goalscorer last term.
After posing for photographs with Benfica President Luís Filipe Vieira, Jonas expressed his delight at sealing his new deal with the Encarnados:
"I'm very happy to remain at a club with which I'm really well identified. I'm content and this shows on the field. Whenever I see the Benfica jersey, it is an immense joy. I'm satisfied about extending my contract until 2019. I hope to continue winning many titles."
"I also want to acknowledge the affection of the supporters, and the confidence of the President and everyone else."
In just two-and-a-half seasons in Portugal, Jonas has already celebrated two Primeira Liga titles, two Taças da Liga, and one Supertaça. Nonetheless, he is hungry for more silverware.
"It is true that I've had beautiful moments at Benfica, but now I want to look ahead. It has to be like this at a club like Benfica in order to win titles and meet our objectives."
"This stadium is wonderful and different to any other stadium. Playing at the [Estádio da] Luz, one notices that the supporters are fundamental... they push us on during the (whole) ninety minutes. It is different and we are very happy to see that this connection between the team and the supporters has worked, and we hope that it will continue like this to reach our principal objective, which is the Championship."
Benfica will look to defend their 1-0 lead in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie with Borussia Dortmund next Wednesday, but first they have a trip to 13th placed Feirense in the Liga NOS on Saturday. As usual, the players are taking things one match at a time.
"First, we are only thinking of the game with Feirense. Only afterwards is it that we will think about Borussia Dortmund. We are totally focused on Feirense."