Casemiro joins Porto on loan

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Porto have continued to strengthen their squad by announcing the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro on a season-long loan deal on their official website.

The Brazilian midfielder will link up with Julen Lopetegui's side for the duration of the 2014/2015 campaign, and the Portuguese club will have the option to make the move permanent should he impress.

Midfield competition

Following the arrival of Toni Kroos at Real Madrid, Casemiro's chances of first-team football were severely limited, and the move to the Portuguese giants will give him the chance to gain valuable time on the pitch.

With Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Sami Khedira and Asier Illarramendi already ahead of Casemiro in the pecking order, Kroos' signing put him sixth in line for a central midfield berth, and that's obviously convinced him to move on.

Last season, the 22-year-old managed just 12 La Liga appearances, and although he featured six times during the successful Champions League campaign, he failed to make the matchday squad for the final.

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Porto plans

The former Sao Paulo man becomes the third loan arrival from La Liga's big three, joining Barcelona forward Cristian Tello and Atletico Madrid starlet Oliver Torres in making a temporary switch to northern Portugal.

As well as the loan trio, Porto have also pulled off somewhat of a coup by bringing in rumoured Manchester United target Bruno Martins Indi on a four-year deal while Atletico forward Adrian Lopez has signed a five-year contract.

It's not all been incomings at at the Estadio do Dragao, though. Brazilian midfielder Fernando completed a protracted move to Manchester City while defender Eliaquim Mangala looks like joining him in the Premier League.

Casemiro's future

The move to Porto will enable the young Brazilian to re-establish himself as one of the most promising midfielders in world football.

In January 201,  he joined Real Madrid on loan having shone for Sao Paulo, and at the end of the season, the club had seen enough to make the move permanent.

However, things have stalled since and Casemiro will be desperate to get his career back on track and add to the five caps he's already won for Brazil.

The first of those five appearances came nearly three years ago, but following Brazil's shambolic exit from the World Cup, Casemiro will be hoping to force his way back into contention.

With Porto fully expected to make it to the group stages of the Champions League and the club keen to address last season's disappointing third-place finish, Casemiro will be given the chance to showcase his talents at the highest level.

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