Mário Sérgio off to Guimarães

Sporting Clube de Portugal right-back Mário Sérgio is moving to Guimarães club Vitória SC on a 12-month loan.

Chance to shine
The 23-year-old defender is after regular first-team football and sees the switch to Guimarães as a positive step. "I am very happy to join Vitória," he said. "It is a great club and they will participate in the UEFA Cup." Guimarães's entry to the first round of the European competition follows their fifth-place finish in the SuperLiga.

Long-term deal
A Portuguese Under-21 international, Mário Sérgio has spent two years with Sporting having previously been with FC Paços de Ferreira. He still has three seasons left on his contract in Lisbon, with the option of a further term after that. "I want to prove my worth with Guimarães in order to return to Sporting," he added.