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By ESPN Staff

Benfica let Zahovic leave club

LISBON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Former Slovenia international Zlatko Zahovic is to leave Benfica after failing to gain a regular starting place under coach Giovanni Trapattoni.

The 34-year-old playmaker's contract was due to expire at the end of the season but his early departure was a mutual decision, the club said.

Zahovic, who retired from internationals last year, has appeared in 10 of Benfica's 16 league games this season.

Benfica, who lost 2-1 to Sporting last Saturday, are fifth in the league, three points behind leaders Sporting.