Djuricic to leave Heerenveen for Benfica

The Super Eagles have started their summer transfer plans early with the acquisition of one of Europe's top emerging talents
SC Heerenveen have announced that Filip Djuricic will leave the club at the end of the season to join Benfica.

The 21-year-old midfielder had attracted interest from Ajax and FC Twente but the Portuguese side have beaten the two Dutch clubs in the race for the young Serbian's signature.

The transfer fee and the length of the contract on offer is not yet clear but the transfer has been confirmed with Heerenveen passing on their best wishes to the player.

Technical director Johan Hansma made the following statement on the official website:

"It's good for Heerenveen that Djuricic is leaving for a big European club. As football fans we regret the departure of Filip, because he gave us a lot of beautiful moments. Filip is ready for his next step in his career. We wish him all the best."

Benfica qualified for the final of the Europa League with a 3-1 home victory over Fenerbahce to seal a 3-2 aggregate win.

They will face reigning European champions Chelsea in the final at the Amsterdam ArenaA on May 15.