Nenê opts for PSG over Benfica, Schalke
Following the capture of Lyon midfielder Mathieu Bodmer, Paris Saint-Germain have continued their recruitment drive with the signature of in-demand Brazilian winger Nenê from Monaco on a three-year deal.
Monday morning saw Brazilian Nenê officialise his move to the capital, putting an end to interest from Portuguese giants Benfica and German club Schalke 04 by signing a three-year deal with PSG for a reported 5.5 million Euros.
'A huge club'
"I’m very happy to have signed for Pairs," the 29-year-old told his new club’s official website. "Now I just hope things go well out on the pitch. PSG is a huge club. The fans and the atmosphere in the stadium are incredible."
After Lyon's Mathieu Bodmer, the in-demand winger is PSG's second signing of the transfer window as coach Antoine Kombouaré looks to inject some serious quality into his squad, and it looks as though the Paris boss has signed a player in his prime.
Nenê signed for Monaco in 2007 but spent season 2008-2009 on loan at Espanyol before enjoying his best-ever professional season back with Monaco in the 2009-2010 campaign.
Back in Monaco, Nenê hit the ground running and scored ten goals in the first half of the season, ending the campaign in seventh place on the scorers charts with 14 league strikes (including three doubles) and creating four more for his teammates.
Despite the Brazilian’s heroics, the principality club missed out on a European finish, but his transfer to the side that defeated Monaco in the French Cup final will give him a chance to showcase his talents on the European stage this season.
Europe on the cards
"Like PSG, I’m hoping to have a big league season and to pull something off in the Europa League," said Nenê as he joined Antoine Kombouaré’s men at their training camp in Aix-les-Bains. "I’ll get to know everyone bit by bit and the understanding out on the pitch will come naturally."
Nenê’s first chance to shine for his new side could come as soon as July 28, when PSG take on Ligue 1 champions Marseille in the Champions Trophy in Radès, Tunisia.