Gonçalo Inácio renews through to 2026
The defender signs a contract extension with Sporting CP
Gonçalo Inácio and Sporting Clube de Portugal have agreed a contract extension for the central defender, running through to 2026 and with a 45 million euros buyout clause. The 20-year-old has been at the club since 2012, making his way up through the ranks before reaching the first team in 2020/2021.
"I've spent many years at the club and it's a huge source of pride to represent Sporting CP and wear this shirt. I feel privileged and I have to keep working hard," he began by telling the media after putting pen to paper on the new deal.
"It's a recognition of how I worked hard to get here. I appreciate the trust placed in me and I will continue to do my best. It's always special to wear the Sporting CP shirt. I have always worked hard, even when I was playing less. I only thought about improving, day after day."
"What I would say to young players is that you always have to believe in your dreams and work as hard as you can, because one day that will be rewarded."
This season, Inácio has been the player with the fourth most minutes to his name (3139), and the most frequently used defender by coach Rúben Amorim. In total, he has played 37 games and scored four goals for Sporting CP this season.
His list of honours includes the Liga Portugal title (2020/2021), two Taças da Liga (2020/2021 and 2021/2022) and a Supertaça de Portugal (2021), but he assured fans that he does not want to stop here: "I want to continue winning trophies, and this is what we are working to do. I watched many Sporting CP games when I was little and now I'm here to give my best and give the fans plenty of joy."