Roger Schmidt has extended his contract as coach of Benfica on a long-term basis. As the Portuguese soccer record champion announced, the 56-year-old signed a new working paper that is valid until June 30, 2026. The former Bundesliga coach’s original contract would have expired in the summer of 2024.
Benfica had been trying to expand the cooperation for a long time. In addition to the new term, the negotiations this week were primarily about the future amount of the exit clause and an increase in the basic salary. Benfica has had an exceptionally strong season under Schmidt so far.
Big lead in the league
In the league, the traditional club leads the table by a large margin and is about to win its first championship title since 2019. In the Champions League, Schmidt and his team have reached the quarter-finals, where they meet Inter Milan. In general, Benfica has only lost two competitive games this season.
So far, according to media reports, Schmidt had an exit clause of ten million euros in his contract for the coming summer. Benfica initially gave no information about the details of the new contract.