Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has confirmed that Angolan attacker Pedro Mantorras could announce his decision to retire from professional football later this week. The Angola star has been plagued by injuries in the past couple of years.
"We will have a meeting on Friday with Pedro to discuss his future. He has always been an example to follow at Benfica. He's always had the desire and dedication to do his utmost for the club and he has suffered a lot recently," Filipe Vieira was quoted as saying by Sic.
"He has been extremely unfortunate and it's up to Benfica to look after the player and take care of him. Pedro is a very important asset for the club and we will treat him with dignity. He isn't likely to stay on as a player though."
The 28-year-old attacker joined Benfica from Alverca in the summer of 2001 and quickly became an important first team player. However, he struggled to get regular first team action in recent years due to ongoing knee problems.
Mantorras has been capped at senior level several times and was part of the Angola squad that made it to the 2006 World Cup.