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Monday, 29 June 2009 18:20

Ex-Sporting prospect David Caiado explains Zaglebie Lubin move

Winger hoping for success in Poland

caiadoFormer Portugal under-19 international David Caiado has been reflecting on his move to Zaglebie Lubin, after agreeing a deal with the 2007 Polish champions.

Caiado, 22, left second-tier Trofense in Portugal to move to the Dialog Arena, joining compatriot Fernando Dinis in the south-west of the country in reinforcing Zaglebie’s squad on their return to the Polish top-flight following promotion last year.

“I decided that, at this moment in my career, coming to Poland would be the best solution,” Caiado explained. “Of course, some day I would like to go back to Portugal to play, but right now I believe I should be at Zaglebie Lubin.”

Explaining his route from widely-touted Sporting prospect to moving to Eastern Europe, Caiado said: “It’s true that three years ago at Sporting I was rising through the ranks. I was in the second team and even had the honour of being given a first-team debut by Paulo Bento. Later I went with the Portugal side to the under-19 European Championships. At that time, I signed a contract with Sporting for one year.

“Unfortunately, I had an ankle operation which put me out for six months. After that I couldn’t break into the Sporting team, so I was loaned to Estoril. After my deal with Sporting expired I was not offered a new contract. Then I went to Trofense. In February I went to Russia for a trial with Terek. Ultimately, the transfer did not happen and when I returned to Trofense the manager had changed his system. So I ended up fighting for a place on the bench.

“In Poland I think I’ll have more chances to show what I can do, although I know it is a league which attaches more importance to physical strength. I hope that I will be able to counter the physical attributes of the defenders with my speed, technique, flair and dribbling.”

“I want to be here for a long time”

Caiado hopes to bring his fiancée and young daughter to Poland in July to help his adaptation, and is clear that his ambition is to remain with Zaglebie for the foreseeable future. “Physically I feel good. I have huge motivation to succeed in Poland with Zaglebie Lublin. I would like to be able to meet the expectations the fans have of me and I can assure that I will do everything I can to make sure that is the case.

“It’s a normal-sized city. Of course, it isn’t Lisbon or Porto, but I had the opportunity to walk around and my first impressions are positive. I think as a city and a club there is everything a footballer needs here. As for new team-mates, obviously I am close with Fernando Dinis. There is a language barrier, but I can communicate to some degree as I speak English and some German.

“Although I said I would like to return to Portugal, Zaglebie is the scenario for the long-term. I want to help the team in the league, convince the supporters as well as make Zaglebie feel they were correct to invest in me. I would like to be here for a long time.”

Finally, the youngster was asked if, having played for Portugal at various youth levels, he remained optimistic of one day breaking into the senior side. “Everything is possible. Of course, I am aware that there is competition for my position: Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Simao - at the moment players beyond my reach. But I came here to succeed, show good form, and thus remind the technical staff. In my opinion, showing a high level of performance in the Polish league will be noticed.”

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By Sean Gillen

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