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Nicolas Gaitan dismisses talk of Benfica departure

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Nicolas Gaitan has denied talk of a move away from Benfica, according to talkSPORT.

The Argentine winger scored the only goal of the game as Benfica sealed an historic treble on Sunday night, but he's insisted a summer move is not on the cards.

Gaitan is quoted as as telling journalists in Portugal: "Was today my last game with these supporters? No, no..."

The comments will come as a boost to Benfica who have seen a number of their star players linked with a move away from Lisbon this summer.

Unlike Benfica fans, supports of Liverpool and Manchester United may be a little less impressed as the two clubs have both been linked with an interest in Gaitan in recent years.

Having spent the last four seasons with the Portuguese giants, a move to the Premier League may have been seen as an attractive proposition to Gaitan.

However, if the quotes published are to be believed, Gaitan will be playing his football in the Portuguese capital once more next season.

The Argentine has been a key figure for his club in recent seasons and starred in their run to successive Europa League finals.

Despite his success in Portugal, he's been unable to force his way into the national team on a regular basis and has just six caps for Argentina.

A move to the Premier League could help improve his chances of becoming a regular alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, but his loyalty will be well received by Benfica fans.

In January this year they lost midfielder Nemanja Matic to Chelsea and Brazilian duo Ramires and David Luiz have also made the move from Estadio da Luz to Stamford Bridge in the last four years.

It seems the Primeira Liga has become a breeding ground for some of the most talented South American players in the world with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Hulk and James Rodriguez all making the move to Portugal before switching to Europe's elite leagues.

Unlike the three of them, Gaitan will not be present at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, meaning he'll have plenty of rest before trying to help Benfica retain their league title.

The club had been forced to play second fiddle to fierce rivals Porto for the last three seasons, but having won a record 33rd league title this year they'll be keen to hold onto top-spot for as long as possible.

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