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Benfica claim they have signed Chelsea target Lazar Markovic

Lazar Markovic: Joining Benfica on a five-year deal

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Benfica claim they have signed Serbian starlet Lazar Markovic from Partizan Belgrade on a permanent basis.

Markovic has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea with Partizan claiming they had sold the player to Chelsea and that they were then loaning him to Benfica for two seasons.

However, Benfica claim they have signed the 19-year-old on a five-year deal and that Chelsea have no involvement in the transfer at all

"Serbian winger Markovic signed with Benfica for five seasons," read a Benfica statement.

Highly-rated attacker Markovic is relishing joining Benfica feeling they will suit his style of football.

"Benfica play very attacking football that fits nicely with my characteristics," said Markovic.

"I come from a winning team and this style of play, always looking for goals and victories, fits me."

"I know we will play in the Champions League so I am very motivated."

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