06 December 2017, 14h00
Benfica proceeded with contract renewal Keaton Parks, extending the connection until 2022.
With this decision, the Benfica SAD lead by Luís Filipe Vieira reinforces the investment made in the summer transfer market, when they signed the young American midfielder who stood out in Portugal, having then penned a 4-year contract (until 2021).
Born 20 years ago in Texas, Keaton Parks began the season in the Benfica B squad and in week 3 of the Ledman LigaPro he was already a starter in the team coached by Hélder Cristóvão.
“As it was a new team, I didn't have many expectations, I didn't know what to expect, but it has been an amazing experience. Playing with the B team and having my opportunity in the first team: Training with them every day, playing in the weekend, has been good.", highlighted the midfielder.
The first call-up happened on November 17th; in the next day, the player made his debut in the first team in the match of the 4th round of the Portuguese Cup at Estádio da Luz against Vitória de Setúbal.
In the 69th minute of the match against the "sadinos", Keaton Parks, after being called by Rui Vitória, came off the bench and heard the applause of the supporters when he replaced Pizzi (69’).
“I have to admit, I was a little nervous preparing to enter the pitch, but it was good to replace Pizzi. I admire him a lot as a player and I want to play like him, be like him, so it was a great experience to enter for his position”, revealed Keaton Parks.
The future is faced by Keaton Parks with ambition and serenity: “To continue at Benfica, work very hard, and, if everything goes well, have more opportunities in the first team, more minutes in matches and prove my quality.”
Text: João Sanches
Pics: João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica
Roger Schmidt: the future has already begun
"It's top, top, top!" These are Roger Schmidt's words, captured by BTV's report, and summarize the coach's first impressions about the quality of the resources and facilities available at Benfica Campus, where the team for 2022/23 will start to take shape as of June 27. "We will have to work very hard in pre-season to prepare ourselves for a long season", specified the Benfica coach, who confessed to be "very interested in the young players, in their development". "It's always great when clubs have players from the academy in the first team, it always gives them some new energy, some identification with the team", revealed Roger Schmidt.
The details of the Benfica Campus recognition made by the coach Roger Schmidt are in this video. Area by area, the new leader of the reds professional squad registered impressions and started to build knowledge from the spot where the 2022/22 Benfica will rise...
Passion and connections as bridges to success!
He arrived in Lisbon, penned his contract, was at Estádio da Luz and got to know the Benfica Campus. Roger Schmidt, to BTV, showed himself "excited" to start working and "eager to be part" of Benfica's history, a club with "great tradition" and where, definitely, "there is something special". As for the method, there it is: "Football is not only what happens on the pitch, it is also what happens in people's heads and how connected and passionate they are". And this is the only way to "show the best football and fight for trophies".