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Meireles makes Porto switch

Published: Wednesday 7 July 2004, 12.35CET
Boavista FC's Raul Meireles has become the latest player to join European champions FC Porto.

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Published: Wednesday 7 July 2004, 12.35CET

Meireles makes Porto switch

Boavista FC's Raul Meireles has become the latest player to join European champions FC Porto.
Boavista FC midfield player Raul Meireles has become the latest player to join European champions FC Porto.

New arrival
Less than 24 hours after the club announced the arrival of Ricardo Quaresma from FC Barcelona, the 21-year-old Meireles has signed a five-year contract with his side's local rivals, and will join new coach Luigi Del Neri as Porto aim to retain their Portuguese title as well as their UEFA Champions League crown.

'A giant leap'
"I am very happy to join FC Porto," said the player. "It is a giant leap in my career and it's very good for me as I can develop my skills as a professional football player. I am moving to a great club. When you receive an invitation like this there is no doubt in your mind. I am staying in my city at the best club in Europe."

U21 experience
Meireles, who played 29 matches for Boavista last season, represented Portugal in the recent UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals in Germany. Portugal finished in third place at the finals, qualifying for a place in the Olympic football tournament.

Tiago departs
As part of the deal, which sees Porto take possession of an 80 per cent share of Meireles' registration, Porto midfield player Tiago will move to Boavista. The deal signed with Meireles also includes the option of a further two-year contract when his current agreement expires.

Last updated: 07/07/04 16.49CET

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