24 July 2021, 19h03


Soualiho Meïthe, a 27-year-old midfielder, was officially presented this Saturday, on the pitch of Estádio da Luz, next to President Rui Costa. He signed until 2026, will wear the number 11 jersey and considered that "Benfica is more than a club". 

Apresentação do Maïthe

Amazed at the greatness of the Club

"My first impression was to be surprised. Benfica is more than a club. It is a family, it is a group in which everyone is united. When I first walked into the dressing room, all the players came up to me and congratulated me and said, 'You're going to do well here.'"

Taarabt, the host

"I spoke with Adel [Taarabt] in the first training session because we speak the same language [French], but also because we have things in common."

Apresentação do Maïthe

Praise for the gaffer

"I already knew him. [Jorge Jesus] Is a demanding coach, but that's good for the team. Now we will work to be ready for the beginning of the season."

Portuguese League "with very good players"

"The Portuguese League is good. Many people think that the Portuguese League is easy, but it's not true. It is a league with very good players."

Likes to have the ball at his feet

"I don't like football where you only have to defend. I like to play with the ball and I can already see that the coach has the same ideas for the team by talking to him about the tactics. It is something that is good for me. Now it's all about working and giving my best"

The promise...

"What I can promise the fans is that I will give my all. I saw the Museum, I understood what the Benfica Mystique means. I will give 100 percent in every training session and in every match for the fans."

Text: Marco Rebelo
Photos: Tânia Paulo / SL Benfica
Last update: Sunday, July 25, 2021


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