Jose Angel and Andres Fernandez sign for Porto

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Porto have continued to add to their squad by recruiting Spanish pair Jose Angel and Andres Fernandez.

The moves takes the number of new signings at the Estadio do Dragao up to 12, with five of those being Spanish.

The influx of Spanish talent is no coincidence, earlier this summer former Spain youth coach Julen Lopetegui was appointed as manager of the Portuguese giants and he's stuck to what he knows by recruiting a number of players from La Liga.

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The most recent of those signings are 24-year-old left-back Jose Angel and 27-year-old goalkeeper Andres Fernandez, who have joined from Roma and Osasuna respectively.

Both signings were announced via the club's official website and although no transfer fees were revealed, both Angel and Fernandez have had a €30million release clause installed in their contracts.

The additions will help strengthen a Porto back-line that has already been boosted by the arrival of World Cup defenders Bruno Martins Indi and Daniel Opare and experienced goalkeeper Ricardo.

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Though both signings will no doubt bring their own strengths and qualities to the Porto team, they may not produce quite the same excitement among fans as previous signings. Earlier this transfer window the club sealed the permanent signing of striker Adrian Lopez, a La Liga winner and Champions League finalist with Atletico Madrid last term, as well as agreeing a loan deal for his promising teammate Oliver Torres.

While taking his pick from La Liga new manager Lopetegui also managed to convince Barcelona forward Cristian Tello to sign a two-year loan deal and he'll be temporarily joined in northern Portugal by Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro who signs on a season-long loan. Those acquisitions, added to the Martins Indi capture, will help ease the pain of losing star men such as Fernando, who has joined Manchester City, and Eliaquim Mangala who is expected to follow his former teammate to the Premier League champions.


Speaking about their moves, both players spoke of the challenge they face having joined a club as big as Porto.

Angel said: "I am thrilled to be here. It’s a great challenge for me, as this is a great club, forming a great team. It is important to have a solid squad,with good players. FC Porto is working on some fantastic trades. I hope this is a good year and I am sure that, if we do things right, we will be fighting for important titles. I have great expectations and I can barely wait to start training at 100%."

Goalkeeper Fernandez echoed his compatriot, telling the club's official website: "I am extremely happy to be in a great club, with a quality squad. This is a great challenge for me, a very important milestone in my career. I want to help the club do the best we can in the European competitions and win titles."

Fernandez, who had previously spent his entire career in his home country, also acknowledged the Spanish presence emerging at his new club, adding: "Obviously, I will adapt better having Spanish coach and Spanish team mates."

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