Benfica Striker Oscar Cardozo Heads For Exit

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Paraguayan plans on leaving Portugal this summer.

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Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo has said that he plans on leaving the club this summer following on from the interest shown in him from abroad, Sky Sports reports.

The Paraguay international has a prolific goalscoring record for the Portuguese giants and has attracted interest from a host of clubs across Europe, including Cardiff City, Spartak Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg.

Spartak have rejected reports that they have made an €18m bid for the 30-year-old, who scored 26 times for Benfica last season, while Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has also expressed a desire to bring the striker on board with the Premier League new boys.

Talks over a move to Fenerbahce also fell through, but the player has reiterated that his future lies away from the Estádio da Luz.

“I thank the fans for always being with me,” Cardozo told A Bola.

“But, after everything that has happened, it will be very hard to find motivation to continue. My head is far away from Benfica.”

Benfica suffered a heartbreaking season last term that saw them surrender a slim lead in the race for the league title to rivals Porto as well as lose in both finals of the Portuguese Cup and the Europa League.

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