Javi García prolongs Benfica stay

SL Benfica have followed up their qualification for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals by extending the contract of Spanish midfielder Javi García until June 2018.

Javi García played in five group games and the second leg of Benfica's round of 16 tie against Zenit
Javi García played in five group games and the second leg of Benfica's round of 16 tie against Zenit ©Getty Images

Javi García has signed a four-year contract extension with UEFA Champions League contenders SL Benfica.

The 25-year-old midfielder's new deal will keep him at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica until June 2018. "This is one of happiest days of my life," said the former Spain Under-21 international. "Since I arrived here my plan was to leave my mark and write my name in the club's history."

The ex-Real Madrid CF and CA Osasuna prospect arrived at Benfica ahead of the 2009/10 season and proved true to his word by winning the league in his first campaign with the Lisbon club.

Javi García could claim a second Liga crown this term with the Eagles three points adrift of leaders FC Porto, while Jorge Jesus's men await the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League on 16 March after sealing their place on Tuesday with a 4-3 aggregate success against FC Zenit St Petersburg.

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