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Heerenveen’s Technical Director Johan Hansma confirmed last week that Benfica have officially acquired Serbian playmaker Filip Djuricic from the Eredivisie side. The deal has been speculated for months, but Hansma’s comments marked the first time anyone from the Dutch club had confirmed a ‘done deal.’

The 21-year-old Serbian international will join the Águias at the beginning of next season. O Jogo reported in February that Djuricic signed a five-year deal with the club, which would expire in 2018. The transfer fee is expected to be around 6 million Euros.

Djuricic is a natural attacking midfielder with club and country. He began playing football in his native Serbia with hometown club FK Radnički Obrenovac before spending some time in the youth ranks of Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade and Greek side Olympiacos.

In 2008, he returned to Obrenovac where he played his first matches at the senior level. In 2010, he was signed by Dutch club SC Heerenveen where he has developed into a very promising young player.

Djuricic impressed with Serbia’s junior squads before he received his first international call-up with the senior national team in 2012. He has played in 11 matches with Serbia, scoring 4 goals. He has 7 goals and 7 assists in 32 matches in the Dutch League so far this campaign.

Djuricic’s former manager with the Serbian U-21 squad Aleksandar Janković told Serbian newspaper Blic that the 21-year-old is “The future of Serbian football.” And like Holland’s greatest player Johan Cruyff, Djuricic is a “fighter who is always ready to assume that responsibility.” Janković added that Djuricic has demonstrated a maturity level beyond his years.

Djuricic was named by Heerenveen fans as the player of the year, receiving 42 percent of votes. He accepted the award on Sunday where he spoke about his impending move to Portugal with great excitement.

“Benfica is a fantastic club. They are in the final of the Europa League and they play a form of attacking football that really suits me. It is a big step forward in my career,” he told fans and media.

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