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Sevilla's Capel wings his way to Sporting

Published: Friday 22 July 2011, 15.50CET
A month after helping Spain win the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, winger Diego Capel has left Sevilla FC for Sporting Clube de Portugal on a five-year deal.
Sevilla's Capel wings his way to Sporting
Diego Capel has opted for a new challenge across the border in Portugal ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Friday 22 July 2011, 15.50CET

Sevilla's Capel wings his way to Sporting

A month after helping Spain win the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, winger Diego Capel has left Sevilla FC for Sporting Clube de Portugal on a five-year deal.

Sporting Clube de Portugal have continued their extensive summer recruitment drive by paying Sevilla FC €3.5m for winger Diego Capel.

In penning a five-year contract with the Lisbon outfit, the 23-year-old has become the 12th player to join Domingos Paciência's team this pre season. Since finishing third in the Portuguese Liga last term, the Lions have signed André Carrillo, Alberto Rodríguez, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Oguchi Onyewu, Stijn Schaars, Santiago Arias, Marcelo Boeck, Fabián Rinaudo, Luis Aguiar, Diego Rubio and Valeri Bojinov.

Capel burst on to the scene in October 2004 when he made his league debut for the Andalusian club as a 16-year-old. In total he made 126 league appearances and scored six goals for the two-time UEFA Cup winners.

Capped twice by Spain at senior level − the last of which was almost three years ago − Capel lifted the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2006 and last month made four appearances as La Roja triumphed at the U21 finals in Denmark.

Sporting and Sevilla both enter the UEFA Europa League in the play-off round, the draw for which is made in Nyon on 5 August.

Last updated: 22/07/11 16.24CET

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