New Barcelona signing Keirrison has revealed his delight at securing a season-long loan move to Portuguese giants Benfica. The 20-year-old was one of the stars of 2008 in Brazil, scoring 21 league goals for previous club Coritiba. He moved to Palmeiras in January and scored five goals in seven league matches, leading to speculation linking him with a summer switch to Liverpool and Manchester United, as well as Barca, who have now bagged the youngster for 14 million euros. However, with competition at the Camp Nou fierce under Pep Guardiola, the Brazilian prodigy was expected to be loaned out by the Spanish treble winners to help Keirrison gain first-team experience in Europe. Ajax, Porto, Monaco, Roma and Benfica had all been tipped to recruit the front-man in time for the start of the new campaign. And it is the latter - who also signed Javier Saviola from Real Madrid earlier this summer - that have secured the Samba starlet's services for the season, with Keirrison insisting the decision to join the Estadio da Luz outfit was a simple one. "I am very happy, Benfica are a big club that everyone knows," he told GLOBOESPORTE. "Besides, playing in Portugal will make my adjustment to European football easier because of the language and also because of the many Brazilians that play in the team." And the youngster added that he cannot wait to eventually break in to the Barcelona first-team and partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack. "I met 'Ibra' yesterday because we were at the same hotel," he said. "We spoke in English and he seemed like a really nice guy. "He told me he will be waiting for me next year. It will be great to play alongside him in the future." NEWS: Keirrison seals Benfica switch NEWS: Keirrison set for Benfica loan move NEWS: Monaco enter race to land Keirrison on loan NEWS: Keirrison set for season long loan
29 July 2009
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