Official: Thiago Neves joins Sport Recife after parting ways with Gremio

Former Brazil international midfielder Thiago Neves has joined Sport Recife, three days after parting ways with their Brazilian Serie A rivals Gremio.
18/09/2020 11:09 AM
Thiago Neves Sport Recife 2020
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The veteran midfielder joins Sport on a contract that runs until the end of the current Serie A season in FebruarySport announced this via a statement on their website on Thursday. 

“You can be sure that I will do everything possible so that the club has a successful season,” Neves said in a video posted on social media. 

The midfielder arrived in Recife on Thursday night and made sure to avoid press, people and the public in general.

He even had to make do with the club’s security guards to get in a car and head to the hotel where he will be staying. 

The player also did not give any comments whatsoever to anyone, but gave a quick word to the club’s staff. 

“I didn’t expect it. I am very happy, after a troubled month that I spent. So I am sure that I will be happy with the fans and with the Sport shirt.” 

The playmaker had his contract with Gremio rescinded on Monday after publicly falling out with president Romildo Bolzan amid the club’s poor start to the season and his own indifferent form. 

So far, Neves has made seven appearances for Brazil’s national team. He has also had spells with FluminenseFlamengo and Germany’s Hamburg over a career spanning more than 15 years. 

Sport Recife are currently 15th in the 20-team Brazilian Serie A standings with three wins from their first 10 matches. 

Jair Ventura will be eager to add an experienced midfielder to his ranks soon enough. Sport will take on Fluminense on Sunday as they look to get back to winning ways soon enough. 

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