Montpellier Hérault Mercato: A defender at the end of his contract at MHSC will continue his career in Portugal with Benfica Lisbon.
Montpellier Hérault Mercato: A defender bounces back at Benfica
Montpellier Hérault SC did not wait for the official opening of the summer transfer window to activate on the transfer market. In a press release published on Monday, the MHSC formalized five departures. Lent with option to buy by SM Caen, Nicolas Gioacchini will notably return to the Ligue 2 resident. The American striker has a less than stellar record. He totaled only three assists in 31 appearances during his freelance Montpellier. As for Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo, Matheus Thuler, Junior Sambia and Mihailo Ristic, their contracts will not be extended. All these defenders therefore found themselves free on the transfer market. As for Ristic, it didn’t take long to find a new base. As mentioned for a few days, the side will continue his career in Portugal. In a statement released on Thursday, Benfica Lisbon formalized the signing of the 26-year-old left-back.
Mihailo Ristic packs his bags in Portugal
Free following his departure from Montpellier Hérault SC, Mihailo Ristic signed up for four seasons with Benfica, i.e. until 2026. The Lisbon club finished 3rd in the championship during the last campaign delivered. The defender will therefore have the opportunity to discover European games with his new club. The Lisbon team will play in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.
The new side of the Eagles has played 31 games this season with the MHSC for 2 achievements and 3 assists. The Serbian international with 7 selections had joined the Hérault in January 2019 from Krasnodar (Russia). He totals 99 appearances for three goals and 7 assists in the Montpellier jersey.