Sao Paulo mull new Lugano deal

Rio de Janeiro: Sao Paulo are expected to decide the future of former Uruguay captain Diego Lugano in the coming days, according to media reports.

Lugano’s contract with the Brazilian Serie A club expires at the end of June but the Tricolor have indicated the 36-year-old could be given a contract extension, reports Xinhua news agency.

The former Paris Saint-Germain centre-back has played in just eight of the club’s past 29 matches.

But his leadership qualities and popularity among teammates could convince Sao Paulo’s hierarchy to hand the defender a new deal, the Gazetta Esportiva newspaper said.

Lugano has made 33 appearances for Sao Paulo since returning for a second spell at the club last year.

He was capped 95 times for Uruguay and captained the team at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.