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Thursday, 22 April 2010 17:45

Ze Castro open to Sporting move

Player's agent confirms no contact has been established

ze-casto-jan09.jpgReports out of Portugal claim that Sporting are planning an ambitious project for next season and one of the players that they are targeting is Ze Castro.

The Portuguese stopper has spent the last four years in La Liga, the first two with Atletico Madrid and the last two with Deportivo La Coruna, but might be hankering for a transfer back to Portugal.

The former Academica player has not enjoyed a banner year with the Galician outfit having failed to win over manager Miguel Angel Lotina, and hence looks poised to seek a transfer in exchange for first-team football.

The interest sprouting from Lisbon's Lions may just be the answered prayer that the 27-year-old was hoping for. But according to the player's agent Nuno Patrao, no-one from Sporting has made contact with anyone within the  Ze Castro camp, despite recognising the club as a viable option.

"No-one from Sporting has approached me or the player himself. We only know what we have heard in the media," confessed Patrao to Renascenca. "Now to have a club such as Sporting show interest, or any big club from Portugal, is always an honour. But at this moment he still has three years left on his contract (with Deportivo) and is very happy."

"A club like Sporting always has the ambition to fight for the championship, go far in UEFA and fight for cups. Ze Castro is also ambitious. Sporting opens different doors than Deportivo can."

One stumbling block that may prevent the Coimbra native from making a return to his homeland is his release clause, which Patrao clearly stated was fixed 12 million euros.

by Marco Pereira

Comments (3)
sporting the best
3 Friday, 23 April 2010 12:39
sporting needs to get young good future players like neymair from santos. and this shit ze castro is 27 and is not a player for sporting. case close
good point joe
2 Friday, 23 April 2010 01:14
agreed joe....carrico and ze castro would be a great young portuguese d for sporting who keep adding more portuguese to their team...bravo sporting thats how its supposed to be
Be nice/but unlikely
1 Thursday, 22 April 2010 22:10
It would be good to see Ze Castro back in Portugal and if he went to Sporting he would have better chance of more 1st team football,i would love it for Sporting; but we all know about the ineptitude of Sporting with deals falling through. and if that clause is set in stone at 12 mill euros then he is definitely not going to Sporting but we will see.

Forca Sporting

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