Al Jazira sign Fernandinho
ABU DHABI — Al Jazira have completed the signing of Brazilian Luiz Fernando Pereira da Silva, also known as Fernandinho, Ali Al Nuaimi, the Al Jazira Media Officer, confirmed to the Khaleej Times on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old forward successfully completed his medical and signed with the club two days ago. Fernandinho underwent the medical in London. He joins from Brazilian club Sao Paulo. Fernandinho replaces Bare, who has received an offer from a Brazilian club.
Ali Al Nuaimi said that the club are still in negotiations with the Asian player, who is believed to be from East Asia.
Fernandinho is expected to arrive in Abu Dhabi on Friday. “He will most probably arrive on Friday. Coach Paulo Bonamigo will arrive on the same day with his support staff arriving a day earlier. The players will undergo their medicals on Saturday and will begin training from Sunday,” Ali Al Nuaimi added.
New coach Paulo Bonamigo previously coached Dubai-based club Al Shabab. He replaces another Brazilian Caio Junior, who was caretaker coach following the firing of Belgian Frank Vercauteren.
Bare still has a year left on his three-year contract but has received an offer from a Brazilian club. And the club have no objection and have swiftly moved in bringing in a replacement in Fernandinho.
Fernandinho will link up with Ricardo Oliveira, whom he knows and the transfer was also agreed upon by new coach Paulo Bonamigo.
Fernandinho will be making his debut in the Middle East, having spent all of his career in Brazil. He began his career with Cambe before moving to Central-PE. He then moved to Ferroviario before a season with Iraty.
Fernandinho spent two seasons on loan with Barueri before his big move to Sao Paulo. He made 43 appearances for Sao Paulo.
Al Jazira will host a pre-season international friendly tournament with three other GCC teams from August 9 to 16. The squad will train at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium till August 8.
After the international friendly tournament from August 9 to 16, the squad will embark on a pre-season training camp to Austria where they will also play three or four friendly games. The squad will spend 12 days in Austria before returning to Abu Dhabi to face 10-time League champions Al Ain the season-opening Etisalat Super Cup.