Hilton agrees new Montpellier deal
Veteran Brazilian defender Vitorino Hilton will stay with Montpellier Hérault SC next season after agreeing a new one-year deal at the Stade de la Mosson.
Hilton, who will turn 36 in September, was due to be out of contract at the end of this season, but will now stay with Montpellier for a third season through to June 2014. He has been an essential part of René Girard's squad over the last two campaigns, and will now be one of the most experienced players available to new Montpellier coach Jean Fernandez for next season.
Hilton played for Bastia, Lens and Marseille before moving to the Stade de la Mosson in 2011 and helping the MHSC to the Ligue 1 title in his first year with the club. He previously made 12 appearances in Marseille's title-winning 2009-10 season.
"I am very happy. Montpellier have allowed me to display my qualities again after two difficult seasons at Marseille. I have been warmly welcomed here and I am very happy to continue my career with Montpellier," Hilton told the club's official website.
"When I first arrived, I maybe didn't expect to stay such a long time but that's football. I am happy here and so are my family, which is very important for me. Next season marks the start of a new project with a new coach, and I hope I can help him on the field and off it."
Hilton is the third Montpellier player to extend his contract in recent times after back-up goalkeeper Laurent Pionnier and young defender Mathieu Deplagne both agreed deals to keep them at La Mosson until 2016.