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Valencia sign South American duo

Published: Thursday 31 July 2003, 23.44CET
Valencia CF have signed Brazilian forward Ricardo Oliveira and Uruguay's Néstor Fabián Canobbio.
 
 
Published: Thursday 31 July 2003, 23.44CET

Valencia sign South American duo

Valencia CF have signed Brazilian forward Ricardo Oliveira and Uruguay's Néstor Fabián Canobbio.

Valencia CF have brought in two new players from South American in Brazilian striker Ricardo Oliveira and Uruguayan midfield player Néstor Fabián Canobbio.

Promise of goals
Ricardo Oliveira arrives on a five-year contract from Santos FC, delighted to accept the challenge of wearing the No9 shirt. "I hope to match the trust people have shown in me with goals," said a player who has scored 72 goals in 116 senior appearances.

Scoring record
Santos will retain part-ownership of the 23-year-old who shone during their run to this year's Copa Libertadores final, scoring a record nine goals - one more than the legendary Pele achieved.

Four-year deal
Canobbio, meanwhile, has signed a four-year deal and joins from CA Peñarol in his homeland. The 23-year-old is a goalscoring midfield player who can operate on the left of midfield or down the centre.

'Player for the future'
"It has taken a long time to sign this player," said Valencia president Jaime Ortí. "He is a player for the future and will succeed at Valencia." The player himself said: "I will not disappoint anyone."

Mista injury
It was not all good news at the Mestalla, however, after striker Mista suffered a broken nose at the club's training camp in Switzerland, after a collision with defender Mauricio Pellegrino. He will fly back to Spain and is expected to be sidelined for three weeks.

Last updated: 01/08/03 9.45CET

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