Joao Teixeira had been tipped to make a move away from Liverpool recently, and the Portuguese midfielder has now officially made the switch to FC Porto, according to a Jornal de Noticias exclusive.
The 23-year-old was out of contract with us and turned down the chance to sign a new deal, so was free to discuss terms with other clubs. There were a number of offers from clubs looking to secure his signature, with FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon always leading the race (via Jornal de Noticias). Porto eventually won the battle, and Teixeira has now completed what he claims is a “dream” move back to Portugal.
“I’m from the north so to wear blue and white has always been a dream for me,” he said.
Teixeira originally played for Sporting, making the switch to the Premier League and Liverpool back in 2012. They’ll be disappointed therefore, that he turned down the chance to return to Lisbon, and even more so by the fact that he claims a move to one of their closest rivals is a dream.
It’s disappointing on our part too to see the young midfielder leave, as he’s unquestionably a talented player with a bright future. He struggled to break into the senior side though, so you can understand why he was looking for a move away.
That said, he enjoyed slightly more game time since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival, making seven appearances last season – including a goal against Exeter in the FA Cup. It’s certainly possible that under our new German manager he could have seen his career given a shot in the arm, but now that he’s made the switch to Porto we’ll never know.
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