Benites bound for Shakhtar

FC Shakhtar Donetsk have signed 23-year-old Paraguayan international defender Pedro Juan Benites.

UEFA Cup hopefuls FC Shakhtar Donetsk have signed 23-year-old Paraguayan international defender Pedro Juan Benites.

Five-year deal
The former Cerro Porteňo, CA Colón de Santa Fe and San Lorenzo de Almagro defender, who helped his country to the Olympic final in Athens, has agreed a five-year contract. He joins the squad in time to be registered for the forthcoming UEFA Cup campaign, which begins with a Round of 32 tie against FC Schalke 04 on 16 February.

Rykun recognised
Meanwhile, midfield player Olexandr Rykun of fellow UEFA Cup contenders FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk has been voted as the Ukrainian Premier League's best player of 2004. In the survey conducted by 240 players and 16 coaches, FC Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper Olexander Shovkovskyi finished second and Shakhtar playmaker Matuzalem came third.