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Goiás defender Rodrigo close to signing for Vasco da Gama

Rodrigo will hope to impress the Vasco fans

Vasco da Gama are close to announcing the signing of Goiás defender Rodrigo for the 2014 season, a year they hope to regain their Brasileirão position.

Vasco were relegated last season to the Campeonato Série B and they’ll hope the addition of central defender Rodrigo increases their chances of a return to the Brazilian top flight.

Lance confirmed the transfer and reveal that the 33-year-old will have a medical on Monday before officially signing his contract with the club. He will link up with the squad for pre-season.

Rodrigo was one of many excellent performers for Goiás last season as they surprised several pundits by finishing 6th in the table, only just missing out on a Copa Libertadores spot.

The central back featured 33 times for Verdão last year and was arguably their player of the season, contributing towards them conceding just 44 goals.

Rodrigo has played for a number of clubs in Brazil and also for Dynamo Kyiv in Europe. He will be seen as the replacement for Cris, who hasn’t had his contract renewed by Gigante da Colina and is free to find another club.


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