Benfica to Deportivo (loan)
After days of intense speculation, it was announced yesterday that Benfica’s Ivan Cavaleiro had agreed to move on loan to La Liga side Deportivo for the season. Cavaleiro had been closely followed by Pacos Ferreira, Maritimo, and Academica after Benfica coach Jorge Jesus made it clear that the winger would not feature in his plans this season. Cavaleiro will now join the newly-promoted Spanish side until the end of the season, and will hope to build on a positive 2013/2014 season, which saw him debut both for Benfica’s first team and the Portuguese National Team. He will join fellow countrymen Diogo Salomao, Henrique Sereno, and Luisinho.
Sporting Lisbon’s promising young Portuguese winger, Diogo Salomao, is currently impressing for Deportivo La Coruna, where he is currently on loan. Diogo Salomao showed his talent well last season for Sporting Lisbon, most notably scoring a crucial goal against Braga with an acrobatic back-heel effort. Diogo did not work into Domingos Paciencia’s plans this season, so the new Sporting coach has sent him on loan to Deportivo La Coruna, currently playing in the Liga Adelante after being relegated from the Liga BBVA last season. The winger has been raising some eyebrows with some of his pre-season performances. “It is an honor that in just two matches they are already happy with my work. I promise to give everything, ” Salomao said to Spanish newspaper, Marca.
David Simao was a surprise inclusion in Portugal Under-21 coach Oceano’s list for their crucial Group 9 qualification clash with Lithuania. Currently, Portugal sit third in Group 9 behind England and Greece and need to win all of their three remaining matches to even hope to qualify. Oceano spoke of David Simao, saying: “We believe that this player [David Simao] as has happened with others in the recent past, he deserved the opportunity to be present in sub-21 and observed a step above.” New Everton signing Joao Silva was also included, having picked up his U-21 debut earlier this year. Here is the entire list:
Belenenses: André Almeida
Benfica: Fábio Faria
Everton: João Silva
FC Porto: Castro e Ukra
Leicester: Miguel Vítor
Leixões: Rui Pedro
Nacional: João Aurélio and Orlando Sá
Olhanense: João Gonçalves
Paços de Ferreira: Bura and David Simão
Portimonense: André Pinto, Candeias and Ventura
Sp. Braga: Pizzi
Sporting: André Santos, Daniel Carriço, Diogo Salomão, and Rui Patrício