Miccoli stays with Benfica

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Benfica have agreed a deal to keep Fabrizio Miccoli at Estadio da Luz.

Miccoli spent last season on loan at Benfica from Juventus after dropping down the pecking order at the Stadio Delle Alpi.

The Italian international impressed at Benfica, helping the club reach the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League.

It was thought that Miccoli might return to Juve as they risk losing several top stars if they suffer relegation because of their part in the match-fixing scandal surrounding Italian football.

However, Juve have decided to let Miccoli stay out on loan and he will spend next season in Lisbon.

"Juventus have loaned Fabrizio Miccoli to Benfica for the season 2006/07," read a Juventus statement.