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Oliveira makes Rennes loan switch

Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira has joined Ligue 1 side Rennes on a season long loan deal with an option for a permanent move.

Oliveira, who had been a target of Premier League outfit Stoke City, moves to the Stade de la Route de Lorient after spending last term with Deportivo La Coruna.

The 21-year-old was not able help the Galician side avoid relegation from La Liga, netting just four goals in 31 appearances.

However, the Portuguese appears to have done enough to impress new Rennes boss Philippe Montanier, whose Real Sociedad side relegated Deportivo with a 1-0 win on the final day of last season.

“Nelson was our priority,” Montanier told the club’s official website.

“He is a promising and complete player.”

Oliveira admitted that it was Montanier’s presence that convinced him to join Rennes, and is hoping to repay the faith showed in him by the Britanny club.

“It (Montanier’s influece) meant a lot. I observed how he evolved Real Sociedad last year,” Oliveira explained.

“He called me several times and clearly explained to me that he wanted me. It was a very important element in my coming to Rennes.

“The most important thing will be to help Rennes. I want to repay the confidence that the coach and the club have shown in me.

“I hope to have a good season, score goals and do my best.”

Fri 26 July, 2013
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