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Sunday, 12 April 2009 20:25

New Partizan contract for Almani Moreira

‘Doctor Mo’ signs on until 2012

MoreiraPortuguese forward Almani Moreira says he is happy to have committed his future to Serbian champions Partizan, after signing a new three-year contract extension with the club.

Moreira, who moved to Serbia in 2007, has been a revelation at the Stadion Partizana, earning the affectionate nickname Doctor Mo from the club’s fans. The former Boavista man agreed terms on the new deal last week, and officially confirmed his decision to remain with Partizan at a press conference on Friday.

“There were other offers but I`ll repeat what I already said to (director) Ivan Tomic. I feel great in this club. I`m here almost two years, I know the club, city and supporters, so everything is superb,” said the 30-year-old, who is now tied to the club until 2012.

“I knew earlier I would surely stay here if there was no big difference in offers from some other clubs compared to Partizan's and eventually I did so. I expect Partizan to have even stronger side and to be more successful than this season. I spoke to the Director on transfer matters and I received positive and satisfactory answers.

“The fans? Their support means a lot to me. They are always behind me and the team 100%. Many thanks on it.”

Finally, in another example of Moreira’s popularity in the Serbian capital, a journalist asked for the player’s reaction to the news that a member of the club’s supporters group intends to name his imminent son Almani in recognition of the Partizan hero. “I'm honoured, thanks so much. I can’t believe it! But, I`m overwhelmed someone in Serbia wants to call his baby after me.”

By Sean Gillen

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