Soccer-Benfica sign Serbia international Markovic (Reuters)

LISBON, June 10 (Reuters) – Benfica have signed 19-year-old Serbia forward Lazar Markovic from Partizan Belgrade on a five-year contract, the Portuguese club said on Monday. The Lisbon club said in a statement on its website (www.slbenfica.pt) it had reached a deal with the coveted winger, who had also been linked in the media with English Premier League club Chelsea. “Serbian winger Markovic signed with Benfica for five seasons,” the club said. The statement included an interview with the young Serb and a photo of him smiling and wearing a Benfica shirt. …

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