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Postiga back at Porto

Published: Friday 9 July 2004, 18.30CET
Hélder Postiga has returned to FC Porto from Tottenham Hotspur FC while Pedro Mendes moves the other way.

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Published: Friday 9 July 2004, 18.30CET

Postiga back at Porto

Hélder Postiga has returned to FC Porto from Tottenham Hotspur FC while Pedro Mendes moves the other way.
Portuguese international forward Hélder Postiga has returned to UEFA Champions League holders FC Porto from Tottenham Hotspur FC for €7.5m, while midfield player Pedro Mendes has moved the other way in a €3m deal.

Portugal goal
Postiga joined Tottenham a year ago for €9m. However, although he scored Portugal's equaliser against England in their quarter-final victory at UEFA EURO 2004™, he managed just one goal in the English Premiership.

'Keen to return'
Tottenham sporting director Frank Arnesen said: "There is no doubting Hélder's ability but maybe he came to the Premiership too soon. He was keen to return home and, although we rate him highly, we did not like to see him unhappy."

Four-year contract
Meanwhile, Mendes, capped twice by Portugal, has signed a four-year contract. The 25-year-old made ten Champions League appearances for Porto last season, including the 90 minutes of the final against AS Monaco FC, having arrived from Vitória SC in summer 2003.

'Excellent deal'
Arnesen added: "It is an excellent deal for us because Pedro gives us more options in midfield and brings with him experience in European competition. He has a well-deserved reputation on the continent and we are delighted to have added him to our squad."

Last updated: 10/07/04 15.30CET

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