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Thursday, 07 November 2013 17:10

Rúben Vezo joins Portuguese contingent at Valencia

La Liga club snap up Portuguese teenager

Ruben VezoIn the week when official statistics were released showing that emigration from Portugal is at a record high, Rúben Vezo has added his name to the list of Portuguese nationals trying their luck abroad. The young Vitória Setúbal defender has signed for La Liga club Valencia, and will make the switch on 1 January 2014.
 
Vezo has stood out like a beacon in an otherwise poor season for the Sadinos. The centre-back only made his top-flight debut this season, but has made a remarkably smooth transition to the professional game, showing strength and confidence one rarely sees in a 19 year-old defender. His club may have been underdogs for most matches in Online Sportsbook in 2013/14, but that has not stopped Setúbal-born Vezo from catching the eye.
 
As well as his defensive skills, Vezo has also shown he is a threat in the opposition area, scoring the only goal of the game with a towering header that booked Vitória’s place in the group stage of the Taça da Liga at the expense of Portimonense.
 
Rumours suggested Sporting were preparing a swoop for the Portugal U-19 international, but Valencia moved first to secure his signature. The transfer fee has not been disclosed, but it is thought the Spanish club have paid around 1.6 million euros for a player that has just 8 Liga Zon Sagres appearances under his belt.
 
A statement on Vitória Setúbal’s official website on Tuesday confirmed that Vezo had been authorised to travel to Valencia, where he undertook the mandatory medical tests and signed the contract. Vitória are entitled to a 25% cut of any future transfer fee.
 
Vezo will link up with three full Portuguese internationals at Valencia. João Pereira, Ricardo Costa and Hélder Postiga all play for Los Che. Should Vezo settle well and make an impression in La Liga, he could also be playing for the Seleção in the not-too-distant future.
 
by Tom Kundert
 

Comments (1)
Good luck, Ruben!
1 Thursday, 07 November 2013 18:44
jon/usa
It's always risky to leave Portugal at such a young age, especially with such limited first-division experience. But it certainly will help to have the likes of Postiga, Costa, and Pereira to ease his transition to La Liga.

I've only seen him play once, but from what I have read, he was very highly rated in Setubal.

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