UPDATE: Benfica and Eduardo Salvio himself have confirmed that ‘Toto’ is officially a member of the Portuguese side. In a letter to the “Atlético family” posted on his new website, Salvio wrote the following: I would like to thank the fans of Atlético Madrid and also apologise for my silence on the social networks during
Reports in Portugal suggest that Atlético striker Eduardo Salvio will most likely return to los Colchoneros from Benfica for the 2011-12 campaign. The Portuguese club, where Salvio spent the current season on a one-year loan until breaking his foot three weeks ago, is still not willing to exercise the €15m purchase option from the forward’s loan deal.
Our young Argentine forward has joined Portugese giant Benfica on a season-long loan deal. The 20 year-old doesn’t hold an EU passport and Atlético have decided to fill their 3 non-EU spots for the forthcoming season with Sergio Agüero, Diego Godín and Diego Costa. If Salvio had remained in Madrid he would have been ineligible to play for the club, and the management decided a loan deal was best for the forward’s development.