There has been plenty of speculation about which players will be leaving Benfica this summer, but one player that is likely to remain is Eduardo Salvio. In declarations to the radio station ESPN 107.9, the Argentinean winger revealed that Boca Juniors are interested in acquiring his services, but that he is happy in Lisbon, and is currently negotiating a new contract with Benfica.
Salvio has endured a frustrating year, as he only returned from his anterior cruciate ligament injury in February. He struggled for form and fitness during the closing weeks of the season, failing to register a single goal or assist in 12 games. His current contract expires on July 30th 2017, meaning that he would be free to talk to other clubs in January if he doesn't agree to an extension. That shouldn't be an issue however, as the fans' favourite is keen to remain at the Estádio da Luz.
"My future is here. I'm very well and I'm not thinking about returning to Argentina. I have a contract with Benfica, I'm dealing with the (contract) renewal too, and I'm very happy here. There was interest from Boca [Juniors], and I'm grateful for that, but my head is here and I want to win here for many years."
Nico Gaitán is on the verge of a €25 million move to Salvio's former club, Atlético Madrid, and Salvio was quick to praise his teammate and compatriot.
"I know there is a great possibility of Nico going to Atlético Madrid. I'm very happy for him, because we have spent many years together. Benfica are losing one of their reference points. He was very important in all of the years that he spent here. He is going to a great club and I wish him the best."
Asked about the current campaign, Salvio paid tribute to Sporting and conceded that the title race had been the toughest for years.
"It was complicated as always. In recent years, the competition was more from FC Porto. This year it was from Sporting, who were very strong and fought until the end. It was very difficult. Of the 3 (previous) Championships, this was the most difficult. At one point we were many points behind Sporting, but we were able to recover, and the win against Sporting [at the Estádio José Alvalade] turned out to be important in winning the title."
The 25-year old highlighted the support of the Benfiquistas as having been crucial to the team's success: "It is a difficult league for all three big clubs. We have an advantage though, which is that we play 'at home' in almost all of the stadiums. Benfica have so many fans, it is incredible... I've never seen this anywhere (else)."