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Besiktas unveil Portuguese trio

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 3 Jan 2011

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Turkish club Besiktas have officially unveiled Portuguese trio Simao Sabrosa, Hugo Almeida and Manuel Fernandes.

The three new signings were presented to the media on Monday, joining fellow Portuguese player Ricardo Quaresma and former Real Madrid captain Guti in Istanbul.

The 31-year-old Simao, a former Portugal international, joined from La Liga club Atletico Madrid, and said he hoped to use his experience to help benefit the fifth-place side, who are currently 14 points off league leaders Trabzonspor.

“I always played as a leader player in the clubs I’ve been, Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Portuguese national team. I came here to try to help everybody with my experience and of course Ricardo (Quaresma) will help us,” Simao said.

Fernandes, who arrived on loan from Spanish club Valencia, said he wanted to help the club secure as much silverware as possible in his first year at Fiyapi Inonu Stadium.

“(It’s) such a big club, especially with the fans. I hope to help them in the beginning of my six months period to gain whatever they can; the championship, the cup, everything. I want to help as much as I can,” Fernandes said.

Almeida joined from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, and the striker said he wanted to justify his three-and-a-half year contract with goals.

“I will try to make my best, will try to score a lot of goals to help the team. I will do my best to the team,” Almeida said.

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