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Tuesday, 19 January 2010 16:20

Daniel Fernandes leaves Bochum for Iraklis

Loan move for goalkeeper

Portuguese international goalkeeper Daniel Fernandes has attempted to boost his World Cup chances by leaving German side Bochum to return to Greece with Iraklis Thessaloniki.

Having been Bochum’s first choice last season, Fernandes has played just once in the Bundesliga this term, and will join Iraklis on a short-term deal until the end of the current campaign. Fernandes still has two-and-a-half years left on his deal in Germany.

“Daniel wants to represent the Portuguese national team at this year’s World Cup. Therefore, he needs to get playing time under his belt. That is why we have agreed to lend him to Saloniki,” said Bochum director Thomas Ernst when announcing the deal.

The switch should come with an easy adaptation for Fernandes, who spent five years with Iraklis’ city rivals PAOK before moving to Germany in 2008. Indeed, it was Fernandes’ performances for PAOK that led to him receiving his first international cap for the Seleccao in 2007.

By Sean Gillen

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